Jemele Hill: ESPN Revolt Kept Her on Air, Think Progress Reports

Jemele Hill former ESPN anchor in Houston Texas Feb 3 2017

Many users expressed shock at the idea of the White House encouraging ESPN to fire someone for criticizing the president.

Trump tweeted 7:20 a.m. Friday morning, September 15, that the network should "Apologize for untruth!" after bashing it for its politics and "bad programming".

Others came to her defence, including National Football League reporter Jim Trotter, who tweeted: "Proud to call you a colleague and a friend".

ESPN host Jemele Hill has addressed her comments on Twitter Monday in which she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist.

ESPN said Hill's comments do not represent the position of the network, but they took no disciplinary action against her. ThinkProgress also reports ESPN asked two other black personalities, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to host the show, but they declined.

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As Business Insider sports editor Cork Gaines wrote on Wednesday, the key difference between the punishments for Hill and Schilling was that Schilling had crossed the proverbial line several times.

The Washington Post said, confronted with a situation in which it might have to replace both Hill and Smith with white hosts, ESPN asked her to join him on the air on Wednesday, per ThinkProgress.

After the press secretary's remark, Twitter users started mocking at her.

She added: "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime".

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Business Insider that Cohn did in fact meet with ESPN president John Skipper following the comments.

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"I do", she said, "and I think they laid that out themselves by suspending one of their anchors for political comments".

Three weeks ago, ESPN said it pulled broadcaster Robert Lee, who is Asian-American, from the Virginia football season opener because of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But it turns out ESPN tried to get her off the show, and failed. "But I'll leave that up to them to decide, and I'll stay focused on my day job".

Hill appeared in her regular co-hosting slot Wednesday evening, talking about the Cleveland Indians and pro football but not her foray into politics.

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