Next, management asked Hill to apologize.
Jemele Hill previously apologized for her loaded comment, calling Donald Trump "a white supremacist". Period. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. ThinkProgress also reports ESPN asked two other black personalities, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to host the show, but they declined. She continued to say that Trump is the "most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime" and that his ascension to the presidency resulted in part from white supremacy.
"When I as a fan and a viewer tune into ESPN, I don't want politics and I don't want to look at a person and have to think politics", Sehorn said on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday.
Jemele Hill has addressed "the elephant in the room".
Then, thirty minutes later, she tweeted a screenshot of a note in her phone that read simply, "My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My respect for my company and my colleagues remains unconditional".
Hill's comment followed the president's own defense in recent days of statements he made following the violent marches of American Nazis and Klansmen in Charlottesville, Va., in August.
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Trump didn't specifically call out Hill in his Friday tweet, but he appears to be wading into the dispute. "We all know that", Clarke said.
Think Progress' Lindsay Gibbs reports that ESPN wanted to keep Hill off air Wednesday. "The network's public editor has said there's been a perception that the ESPN has become political an that has harmed the network".
Pay-TV subscriptions to ESPN dropped to around 87 million subscribers at the end of 2016 from a peak of more than 100 million in 2011, according to Nielsen NV. Oh yeah, Hill is black.
She covered primarily MSU sports from 1999-2005 before joining ESPN. "I think that's what they have to clarify more than anything else".
Considering the amount of negative press they ostensibly avoided by not replacing Hill and Smith with two white hosts, ESPN should probably count their blessings the pair was willing to be ride through the storm.
Hill was lamenting former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's inability to get a new contract.