Jemele Hill is no longer hosting ESPN's 6 p.m. E.T. SportsCenter with Michael Smith (who's also left the show), but she is still under contract with the Worldwide Leader. This contract is a big one, too, according to a new report by The Hollywood Reporter.
Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter published a story today titled "ESPN's Internal Political Divide: Bristol Tradition vs. "Woke" Reformers." The story is a deep dive on everything that's gone on within the network over the past year or so.
Hill, of course, has been a major part of the ESPN storyline of the last 12 months. She made headlines for her Donald Trump tweets, was later suspended by the network, and then left the 6 p.m. SportsCenter.
The Michigan State graduate remains a part of the network, though. She's writing for The Undefeated and appearing on shows like Around The Horn and Highly Questionable, among other things.
ESPN is paying Hill a lot of money to do this. Her salary is a multi-million dollar one, according to a report by THR.
From the report:
Internal discord over the 6 p.m. SportsCenter . experiment co-hosted by Jemele Hill and Michael Smith — and yanked after less than a year despite four-year deals worth $10 million each — still lingers.
It's a sizable number, especially for someone who's no longer hosting her own show. Hill is a talent, but ESPN appears to have mismanaged that talent, at least when it comes to the 6 p.m. SportsCenter decision.
ESPN, meanwhile, is bragging about how its 6 p.m. E.T. SportsCenter ratings are up since Hill and Smith left the show. It's certainly an interesting situation to monitor going forward.