While much hand-wringing and plenty of keystrokes have been dedicated to Jemele Hill’s exit from ESPN’s SportsCenter, Hill herself has maintained that the move to ESPN’s The Undefeated property can be attributed to a few simple reasons. Hill has stated she wanted to move back to reporting, and in an exclusive talk with Brian Steinberg of Variety, Hill says being on ESPN’s flagship show just wasn’t for her.
“The function of SportsCenter is not necessarily built for anchor commentary,” Hill said. “So much of my career at ESPN—almost exclusively at some points—has been in commentary. They hired me as a columnist. I’ve been giving my opinion since day one. SportsCenter really wasn’t my calling.”
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