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Watch: Britt McHenry Says ESPN's "Left-Wing And PC" Climate Led To Robert Lee Decision

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Britt McHenry went on FOX News on Wednesday night to discuss the recent controversy over ESPN's reassignment of announcer Robert Lee.

On Tuesday, Outkick the Coverage's Clay Travis broke the news that Lee, a lesser-known play-by-play broadcaster for the Worldwide Leader, had been pulled off of Virginia football's opening game against William & Mary. Lee will instead call Pitt's game against Youngstown State.

The decision was made after the recent protests in Charlottesville, which have been framed around the ongoing debate over whether to keep a local statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Last night, Travis was joined by former ESPN-er Britt McHenry, one of the company's many high-profile recent layoffs, on Tucker Carlson Tonight. McHenry has blamed the network's alleged left-wing identity as one of the reasons she was fired (despite the fact that she was one of many employees to be let go, many of whom are not outspoken politically on either side), and also blames that ideology for this "PC" decision.

After her appearance, McHenry posted to Instagram, saying that "extreme left-wing PC agendas need to stop," while acknowledging that ESPN was protecting its employee.

On Wednesday, a memo from ESPN president John Skipper leaked, which explained the decision, which Lee agreed with.

Given the amount of media attention being generated by one of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make every day, I wanted to make sure you have the facts. There was never any concern – by anyone, at any level — that Robert Lee’s name would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game.

Among our Charlotte production staff there was a question as to whether – in these divisive times — Robert’s assignment might create a distraction, or even worse, expose him to social hectoring and trolling. Since Robert was their primary concern, they consulted with him directly. He expressed some personal trepidation about the assignment and, when offered the chance to do the Youngstown State/Pitt game instead, opted for that game — in part because he lives in Albany and would be able to get home to his family on Saturday evening.

I’m disappointed that the good intentions of our Charlotte colleagues have been intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda, and sincerely appreciate Robert’s personal input and professionalism throughout this episode.

ESPN was clearly trying to protect a broadcaster from some online trolling and an awkward moment, and while moving him off the game probably made for more of a story than his calling the game ever would have, this is a total non-issue if an employee doesn't tip-off Travis, who has been banging the anti-ESPN drum for a while now.

[Washington Post]