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ESPN Refutes Report That It Tried To Kick Jemele Hill Off Air Yesterday

Jemele Hill speaks on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Did ESPN try to keep Jemele Hill off the air?

Earlier this week, ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill called Donald Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter.

ESPN released a statement calling her comments "inappropriate." Wednesday night, Jemele Hill released an apology to ESPN for her tweets.

According to a report from Think Progress, ESPN allegedly tried to replace Hill on Wednesday night's SportsCenter.

From the report:

ESPN originally tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but Smith refused to do the show without her, the sources said. Both sources also said that producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show — but Eaves and Duncan did not agree to take the place of Hill and Smith, either.

ESPN quickly refuted this report from Think Progress.

Hill has continued to appear on her SC6 show with Michael Smith. The show airs daily at 6 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.

[Think Progress]