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Jemele Hill Reacts To Michael Smith's Departure From ESPN

A new promo for Jemele Hill and Michael Smith and their 6 PM SportsCenter show.


Jemele Hill and Michael Smith were on-air partners at ESPN for several years. Both of them are now out at the Worldwide Leader.

Smith and ESPN have reportedly agreed to a buyout on his contract. The longtime ESPN personality has been mostly off-air since his and Hill's "The Six" SportsCenter was canceled.

"Many thanks to my new @colaboratory partners @jmessler, Basil Iwanyk, and Greg Economou for this opportunity. Eternal gratitude to my family, friends, colleagues, and supporters for riding with me and for me along this journey," Smith announced.

Smith is the new "EVP and chief content officer of (co)laboratory — a new L.A. studio startup focused on developing original content about sports, featuring athletes as storytellers," per Variety.

The Smith and Hill (who left ESPN in 2018 for The Atlantic) partnership started out with a podcast, His & Hers. That led to the duo doing a TV show, Numbers Never Lie, together. The show was later renamed His & Hers. In February 2017, Smith and Hill started co-hosting a flagship SportsCenter at 6 p.m. E.T. The program struggled to find a consistent voice (with Smith and Hill likely not solely to blame) and ratings declined. The 6 p.m. E.T. show was later formatted back toward a more traditional SportsCenter with new hosts. Hill left ESPN shortly after that, following a brief stint at The Undefeated, while Smith stayed, but he wasn't seen from much. Smith's former partner reacted to his departure from ESPN with a viral The Shawshank Redemption reference this afternoon.

Well played, Jemele.

Perhaps we'll see the duo back working together sometime soon.