Skip to main content

Jemele Hill Has New Job After Leaving ESPN

Jemele Hill talking on ESPN.

Jemele Hill officially left ESPN last week, after a rocky final few months at the Worldwide Leader. She'll be popping back up on sports' fans television screens soon... at least, those with premium cable.

Hill will be working on a project that seems tailor made for her interests in the intersection of politics, race, and sports.

She will be the voice of the upcoming Showtime series Shut Up and Dribble, which is being produced by LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment group.

The show was announced a few months ago, around the time that James announced that he would be signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Jemele Hill about her role as narrator of Shut Up and Dribble.

From this morning's report:

In her first post-ESPN gig, Jemele Hill will narrate LeBron James' basketball documentary Shut Up and Dribble, which bows in November on Showtime. The three-part series is directed by Gotham Chopra (who also helmed the Tom Brady doc Tom vs. Time), and it is among a slew of new projects from James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment.

[...]

“I think LeBron, like a lot of people, has been very frustrated by the behavior of this administration,” Hill tells The Hollywood Reporter. “[Black Americans] feel very insulted and vulnerable within this time because of who’s in charge.”

Hill was especially excited about working with LeBron because of the interest he has shown in issues facing black women.

“Lately LeBron has talked about gender and wanting to uplift and position black women in particular,” says Hill. “I get the sense that this is all part of that. He was raised by a black woman, he is married to a black woman and he is raising a black woman (daughter Zhuri, 3). If you look at the societal ladder, black women remain on the lowest rung. He clearly understands that we are facing a unique battle. It means a lot that he understands the intricacies of that."

The show's title comes from a rant delivered by FOX News personality Laura Ingraham against James earlier this year, after James criticized President Donald Trump.

Now, her words are serving as inspiration for a show that will deal directly with how athletes and celebrities are handling the current political climate.

[The Hollywood Reporter]