ESPN's Jemele Hill (left) and Michael Smith.

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Jemele Hill reportedly out at ESPN, which was inevitable

John Tomase
August 26, 2018 - 9:37 am

The Jemele Hill Era is over at ESPN. Can't say it's a surprise.

The outspoken host, long a target of critics on the right over her criticism of president Trump, will reportedly finish at the Worldwide Leader on Friday after the two sides agreed to a buyout of her reported $2.5 million annual contract.

The news, first reported by Jim Miller, who wrote a book about ESPN, hardly qualifies as a shock. Hill and the network had clashed over her political tweets, including one labeling Trump a white supremacist, and another encouraging fans disgusted by the stance of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones towards anthem protesters to target the team's advertisers.

It also didn't help that Hill's ratings on the revamped 6 p.m. SportsCenter she hosted opposite Michael Smith tanked until the duo was replaced.

Hill, a former newspaper columnist, has spent the last several months writing sporadically for ESPN's The Undefeated site. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, her next step will likely take her somewhere more amenable to sharing her political views.