A Major shakeup is coming to one of ESPN's most popular shows. Jemele Hill, who co-hosts SC6, the 6 PM EST edition of ESPN's flagship SportsCenter show, will be leaving the show. Hill's last night on the program is scheduled to be February 2nd, just two days before the Super Bowl. Her co-host, Michael Smith, will remain on the show and is set to host it solo.
While Hill, who has dealt with multiple suspensions for comments made on Twitter in the last year, will no longer be on the show, she will still work for ESPN. She will instead focus on writing for The Undefeated, the ESPN vertical dedicated to race, culture and sport. She'll also host issues-based town halls and she'll be free to do more field reporting and longer pieces, like her recent interview with Lynx forward Maya Moore.
While many will see Hill's departure from SC6 as a demotion or punishment, it is being reported that the move was initiated by Hill herself. Sources say Jemele never really felt comfortable in the role of SportsCenter anchor, feeling much more comfortable in a format similar her old show His & Hers, which she also hosted with Smith. Now she will be able to focus her time on piece that mean more to her, and, we assume, will allow her to be more free to share her opinion.
In addition to her role changing with ESPN, Hill is also working on a new major project, her own production company. She recently lunch the new venture with her friend and ESPN colleague Kelly Carter.