Jemele Hill, Michelle Beadle on the move at ESPN

August 27, 2018

Jemele Hill, Michelle Beadle on the move at ESPN

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Outspoken ESPN personality Jemele Hill is leaving the network, according to reports.

The news was first reported Saturday by writer and podcast host Jim Miller, who characterized her exit as an “amicable departure/buyout.”

Coming 9/1 an amicable departure / buyout for @jemelehill from @espn Been a long time coming #JemeleHill #ESPN— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) August 26, 2018

Hill has spent most of the year mostly off camera as a writer for the Undefeated following her controversial stint as host of “SportsCenter.”

She was suspended for two weeks last year over a series of tweets including one calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” At the time, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the comment “a fireable offense.”

Hill remained on the anchor desk alongside co-host Michael Smith for a few more months even as ESPN tried to pivot from a personality-driven program back to a more traditional sports highlights show. She left in February for The Undefeated, an ESPN site that covers race, sports and culture, which gave her an outlet to speak more freely on topics beyond sports.

ESPN has not confirmed the move, but Hill appeared to do so on Twitter over the weekend.

Live look at my mentions pic.twitter.com/yxkE88Nqwr— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 26, 2018

Before she leaves, Hill is scheduled to co-host ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” and make other appearances on the network before her departure, the Hartford Courant reported.

Beadle leaving “Get Up!”

In other ESPN personnel news, the network announced Michelle Beadle will be leaving her co-host chair on the morning show “Get Up!” this week to focus on the NBA. She’ll host “NBA Countdown” and a new post-game show called “NBA After the Buzzer” live from a studio in Los Angeles across the Staples Center, which ESPN makes a point of mentioning in a press release is “the home of LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.”

“We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red-hot and fan interest continues to surge,” ESPN executive VP Connor Schell said in a release. “And we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage. As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”

Beadle, who just signed an extension with ESPN, will be replaced on “Get Up!” by a rotating lineup of hosts that includes Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Dianna Russini and Jen Lada.

Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose will remain on the program, which, starting on Sept. 3, will be cut by an hour and air from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. as “SportsCenter” takes over the 7 a.m. slot. Rose will split time between New York and Los Angeles when he resumes his duties on “NBA Countdown.”

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