2017 was a very interesting year for Jemele Hill and, with the calendar now reading 2018, the new year will reportedly involve changes for the ESPN personality. On Friday morning, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated broke the news that Hill, who has been hosting SportsCenter in the SC6 format alongside Michael Smith since Feb. 2017, will be transitioning out of that role in the near future.
Hill’s next assignment was reportedly one she requested and that will be as a full-time staffer for The Undefeated, which is under the ESPN umbrella but serves in a very different capacity. According to the report, Hill’s transition will take place some time in February.
Of course, this comes on the heels of the controversy created by Hill’s comments involving President Donald Trump, boycotts of the NFL and other angles, with Hill serving a suspension in September and rising to the national conversation. Beyond that, the move to have Hill and Smith as full-time anchors at SC6 was met with skepticism in some circles and it will be interesting to see if Smith will be staying on in that role or if the network will chose a complete overhaul in that time slot.
This story has a number of levels but, with Hill requesting the change, it seems relatively clear that she felt it was time for a move and the fallout will be something to closely monitor.