It didn’t take long for Michael Smith to follow Jemele Hill’s lead.
Smith will host his last edition of ESPN’s 6 p.m. “Sportscenter” on Friday, according to Sports Illustrated.
His exit comes a little more than a month after Hill left the show to join ESPN’ website The Undefeated.
Like Hill, Smith still has years left on his contract with ESPN, so he will likely stay with the network in a different capacity.
Hill’s decision should come as no shock to ESPN brass. In February, he said the network deliberately “muted” Hill and himself at points on “SC6,” notably after the former made inflammatory comments about President Trump.
“There was a time we weren’t even talking to each other (during broadcasts) anymore,” he said. “Like no more Michael and Jemele, not less, not here and there. No more Michael and Jemele talking. No more of their commentary. It’s just strictly live shots and analysts. That’s what pissed me off so much.”
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