Jemele Hill is leaving buddy Michael Smith in need of a new co-anchor.
Hill asked ESPN if she could move from the “SC6” SportsCenter desk to join the staff of The Undefeated, she confirmed Friday afternoon. Sports Illustrated first reported the story.
“There is an old adage that says, the heart wants what it wants,” Hill said in a statement. “I started at ESPN 11 years ago as a columnist and while I have worn many hats in the time since, my true love always has been writing, reporting and commentary.”
Hill, 42, is reportedly expected to depart the 6 p.m. show in February, one year after she and Smith began the relaunched SportsCenter evening program, “The Six.”
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Hill’s upcoming move follows a year in which she garnered national attention as one of ESPN’s most prominent voices. In September, she ignited a firestorm for her tweet that referred to President Trump as a “white supremacist.” The White House called for Hill to be fired, and Trump also responded directly to her on Twitter.
The network said in a statement that her comments about Trump “do not represent the position of ESPN.”
The company then suspended her for two weeks for violating its social media policy after she tweeted about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stance on the national anthem.
Upon her return to “The Six,” Hill said she deserved her suspension and that she and ESPN were “in a good place.”
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