Jemele Hill signs off from ESPN: 'The time has come for me to pursue a new chapter'

Alex Reimer
September 14, 2018 - 2:41 pm

It is a sad day for us at WEEI. Jemele Hill confirmed Friday this is her last day at ESPN, which had been rumored for several weeks.

"When I started at ESPN in 2006, I had no idea that such a wonderful journey would take place over the next 12 years,” Hill said in a tweet. “However, the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life.”

Hill thanked “SC6” co-host Michael Smith in her message, calling him a “friend and brother.”

Hill was one of the more polarizing figures in recent ESPN memory, generating tons of controversies –– from comparing Celtics fans to “Hitler sympathizers” in a column to calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” Her barb about Trump invited outrage form the White House, which called for her firing.

ESPN wound up suspending Hill shortly thereafter for suggesting Cowboys fans boycott their team’s sponsors in the wake of Jerry Jones’ edict about standing for the national anthem. While the WorldWide Leader claimed Hill had violated its social media policies, the suspension appeared to be a makeup call. 

Once “SC6” got cancelled earlier this year, it seemingly became a matter of time before Hill and ESPN parted ways. Over the last several months, she’s penned columns for the Undefeated and appeared as a guest on various ESPN studio shows.

Judging by Hill’s prolific Twitter account, it’s apparent her interests have shifted away from sports. At the OZY Fest in New York City over the summer, Hill said as much. “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 don’t give a s—,” she explained, per the company’s writeup.

Given that Hill had become a symbolic punching bag for ESPN’s right-wing critics, it’s probably best for her to move on. While she may never experience as large of a platform, or make as much money, at least she can now get on with her life. 

And it appears she’s already doing that. On Twitter Friday, she lashed out at one of her critics, calling him a “f—boi.” 

“I feel like i need to say this now as a warning,” she wrote. “I was going out of my way not to cuss some of y’all out because I had a job and a corporation to represent. But now, I don’t have one.”