ESPN reportedly tried really hard to keep Jemele Hill, but she rebuffed them at every turn

Alex Reimer
September 04, 2018 - 3:12 pm

ESPN didn’t willingly cut ties with Jemele Hill. The WorldWide Leader tried to entice her to stick around, according to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand. But the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement.

Last month, ESPN bought out the final $6.25 million remaining on Hill’s contract over the next two and a half years. Hill was relegated to the background after “SC6” was cancelled early this year, making sporadic appearances on ESPN’s studio shows and writing occasional columns for The Undefeated, the network’s race and culture website. Marchand reports ESPN was prepared to put her back in a more prominent position, offering her chances to become a regular fixture on Dan Le Batard’s “Highly Questionable” or host “SportsNation,” which has since been cancelled. They also reportedly discussed Hill contributing more frequently to The Undefeated.

But Hill was apparently set on heading elsewhere. At the OZY Fest in New York City in July, she talked about how her interests have veered away from sports. “As much as I’d like to tell you about Golden State’s latest game or tell you about why Jacksonville can win the Super Bowl, some days I just didn’t give a s— because of everything else that was happening in this country,” she explained, per Ozy’s event writeup

Hill’s last day at ESPN will be Sept. 15. She’s expected to start a production company once she leaves Bristol.