After weeks of speculation, Jemele Hill confirmed on Friday that she would be leaving ESPN. “Over the last several weeks, there have been a lot of rumors about my job status. Today is my last day at ESPN,” the sports journalist shared on her Twitter account.
In August, it was reported that Hill would exit ESPN because the sports network was becoming more apolitical.
“When I started at ESPN in 2006, I had no idea that such a wonderful journey would take place over the next 12 years,” she began in a statement included with her tweet. “This was the place where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.”
In her time at ESPN, Hill wrote a column for Page 2, hosted the shows His and Hers, Numbers Never Lie and SC6, and wrote for The Undefeated. Now, it is time for her “to begin a new chapter.”
She went on to thank her colleagues, including longtime co-host Michael Smith.
“There are so many people to thank, but it’s worth me singling out a few that were instrumental during my time at ESPN,” Hill wrote.
She continued, “To my friend, brother and former co-host Michael Smith: I love you and you made me better in every possible way. I’m proud of everything we did, because nobody sold tapes out the trunk quite like us.
“And to the rest of my ESPN colleagues: I am humbled and forever grateful to have worked with you. I am in awe of your talents. I’ll always be rooting for you.”
Hill, who was named 2018’s journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists, did not share details on her next career move.
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: pic.twitter.com/jReaH5sWhW
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2018
However, James Miller, who first reported Hill would be leaving ESPN, tweeted that she would be moving to Los Angeles in October.
— james andrew miller (@JimMiller) September 13, 2018