ESPN Denies Attempt To Replace Jemele Hill
ESPN is denying a report that claims they tried to remove or replace Jemele Hill from Wednesday’s broadcast of Sportcenter aka “The Six.”
According to Think Progress, the network wanted to pull Hill from the broadcast because of the controversy surrounding her [true tea] opinions about Donald Trump, but her co-host Michael Smith refused to go on the air without her.
They went on to report, the network then tried to replace both Michael and Jemele with Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, but they refused to go on the air in their spots.
ESPN released a statement denying the report.
“Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened,” Rob King, the senior vice president for news and information at SportsCenter, told ThinkProgress. “In the end, ultimately, Michael and Jemele appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired.”
“We never asked any other anchors to do last night’s show. Period,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz emailed ThinkProgress after this story was published.
Meanwhile….back at the ranch, Donald Trump hopped on social media bright and early on Friday to talk his talk.
He claims the network is losing subscribers presumably by keeping Jemele Hill and he also demanded an apology.
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017