Jemele Hill Announces She’s Leaving ESPN: ‘The Time Has Come’

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Sports pundit Jemele Hill announced Friday that it was her last day at ESPN after 12 years and shared that the time had come for her to “begin a new chapter” in her life.”

“Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. Today is my last day at ESPN. More from me on closing one of the most special chapters in my life,” the 42-year-old journalist tweeted to her million-plus followers, along with a screenshot of a message about leaving. (RELATED: ESPN’s Jemele Hill Named Journalist Of The Year)

Co-host ESPN2's His & Hers Jemele Hill speaks at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? Women & Sport in 2016 panel at Liberty Theater during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York)

Co-host ESPN2’s His & Hers Jemele Hill speaks at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? Women & Sport in 2016 panel at Liberty Theater during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York)

“The time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life,” she added. “There are so many people to thank, but it’s worth me singling out a few that were instrumental during my time at ESPN.” (RELATED: Jemele Hill Plans To Eventually Leave ESPN. That’d Be A Win For America)

A short time later, she also tweeted a “warning” to people saying now that she doesn’t have “a job and corporation to represent,” she was fine with calling those on the social media account a “f**kboi.”

“I feel like I need to say this now as a warning. I was going out of my way not to cuss some of y’all out because I had a job and a corporation to represent. But now, I don’t have one. So I’m good with calling you a f**kboi,” Hill tweeted in response to one person’s comments that had since been deleted.

The statement came following numerous reports over the last few weeks that the former “SportsCenter” anchors’ time at the network was coming to an end.

Hill made headlines in 2017 after she tweeted that President Donald Trump was a “white supremacist.”

Soon after, she was suspended from the network for two weeks after violating its social media guidelines when she called for a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys team/advertisers over owner Jerry Jones threat to bench players who protested during the national anthem.

When she came back, she was no longer on-air and reassigned to a commentary position on its website called “The Undefeated.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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