Controversial ESPN employee Jemele Hill, who was voted “Most Annoying Person in Sports Media,” has reached a buyout with the network which will conclude her 12-year tenure with the “worldwide leader in sports” on Friday.
The controversial Hill co-hosted the widely panned SC6 with Michael Smith and often injected race and politics into every topic she was asked to speak on. In addition, she faced multiple suspensions from ESPN during her career and was known for statements such as comparing the Boston Celtics to Hitler, told Packers fans to throw batteries at Brett Favre, compared Kentucky coach John Calipari to Charles Manson and served a brief suspension for telling fans to boycott the NFL advertisers and referring to President Trump as a “white supremacist.”
ESPN has let go of Jemele Hill & demoted Michelle Beadle. The three shows most championed by John Skipper: SC6, Get Up, & High Noon have either been canceled or shortened. Could @espn finally have realized WokeCenter was disastrous for business? https://t.co/1DLHbX2yiA
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 27, 2018
Facing declining ratings and subscriptions, ESPN tried to chalk it up merely to more and more audiences cutting the cord. But the overly political talking points of the network alienated fans and as a result, was often referred to as “WokeCenter.”
Earlier this year, Hill was booted from SportsCenter and reassigned to ESPN’s The Undefeated, which further put her out of the spotlight. Still, many extremely talented reporters were let go during ESPN’s decline but Hill remained until this week.