Jemele Hill, known to many as one of ESPN’s most outspoken reporters, will have her last day with the sports network on Sept.1. It was announced on Aug. 25 that Hill had accepted a buyout from the company despite signing a multi-year contract for $2.5 million a year in 2016. According to Bossip, Hill’s payout will be roughly $6 million.
Hill’s career with ESPN began in 2006 as a columnist. Since then, she has transitioned to a television personality for the network. She’s co-hosted “His & Hers,” “Sports Center” and “SC6.”‘ She was also named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2018.
Aside from her sports reporting, Hill is also noted for her political views which have landed her in trouble with ESPN in the past. While the company continues to try to avoid politics, Hill has been very vocal about her opinions, especially those regarding President Trump. There has been some speculation that these differences are what led to Hill’s departure, but it has also been reported that she approached the network about her departure.
— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) August 26, 2018
As first reported by @JimMiller, @jemelehill is leaving ESPN. She approached management. Hill and @KelleyLCarter have a production company — Lodge Freeway Media — so that will be part of her post-ESPN world. She leaves ESPN in September after wrapping up some stuff.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 26, 2018