Nearly three years after parting ways with ESPN, Jemele Hill has remained quite the busy bee.
Hill’s history of controversial comments hasn’t stopped the former SportsCenter anchor from landing numerous jobs in recent years. Although she is no longer at ESPN, Hill is reuniting with a familiar face from her days at the Worldwide Leader in a job that will allow her to offend and frustrate even more people.
Jemele Hill just took a sports media consulting job
Jemele Hill rose at ESPN throughout the 2010s, a time when John Skipper was the company’s president.
Now, it has been quite some time since either worked for ESPN. Hill left in 2018 to take a staff job with The Atlantic, and Skipper — who went public about his battle with substance addiction and resigned his post in December 2017 — recently launched Meadowlark Media with Dan Le Batard, another ex-ESPN star.
Skipper is now adding Hill to his ranks at Meadowlark. But instead of hosting a show, Hill will work as a consultant and help generate ideas behind the scenes.
Awful Announcing posted the press release, which included Hill sharing her excitement about working with Skipper again.
“This is a partnership that made too much sense. Skipper was one of my biggest champions while at ESPN and I have such deep, unconditional respect for Dan and greatly admire his boundless creativity. At this stage in my career, I just want to be aligned with creative people who are like-minded. That doesn’t mean we always have to agree, but there is a core belief system that we share. This partnership checks every box for me.”
Meadowlark also added Mike Schur, who has a history in writing, producing, and creating TV comedies. Schur, a former writer and producer for The Office, also ran the Fire Joe Morgan website in the late 2000s.
Jemele Hill has been a busy bee since she left ESPN
Jemele Hill fell out of favor at ESPN, in large part because of a history of controversial comments and insubordination.
Hill, 45, has had no trouble finding work since leaving ESPN. She currently hosts several podcasts across multiple outlets, including her own show, Jemele Hill is Unbothered. That show is a Spotify exclusive.
Hill and Cari Champion, another ex-ESPN star, began co-hosting Cari & Jemele (Won’t) Stick to Sports on Vice last year.
Hill is among the most controversial figures in sports media
Jemele Hill had numerous opportunities to become one of the biggest stars in ESPN history.
Unfortunately for her and the Worldwide Leader, Hill never stopped talking or tweeting. ESPN suspended Hill in October 2017 after she suggested viewers boycott the Dallas Cowboys’ sponsors. At the time, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had spoken out against kneeling for the national anthem.
Weeks earlier, ESPN apologized to President Donald Trump after Hill called him a “white supremacist.”
ESPN previously suspended Hill, who is from Detroit, in 2008 after she wrote that “[r]ooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim.” Hill has apologized for those comments numerous times over the years.
Hill became the main character for a day on Twitter last summer after more Nazi-related comments. She compared America to Nazi Germany when posting about Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, a book about American history and the country’s treatment of Black people.
“If you were of the opinion that the United States wasn’t nearly as bad as Nazi Germany, how wrong you are,” Hill wrote.
Skipper and Meadowlark did not comment on Hill’s history of offensive comments in the press release.