ESPN fired Jamele Hill yesterday, when the African American anchor refused to take a pay cut. The network and Jamele Hill announced yesterday that they would be parting ways. MTO News spoke with someone close to Jamele who tell us that the network asked Jamele to take a PAY CUT, and when she refused - Jamele was fired.
Here's what went down. Two years ago, Jamele signed a four-year deal worth $10 million, to host Sports Center. ESPN removed Jamele from the show earlier this year, when they were concerned by Tweets she made, pointing out President Donald Trump's White supremacist beliefs.
But the network was obligated under the contract to still pay Jamele her money - and they did. She was one of ESPN's highest paid staffers, even though she was NO LONGER HOST of Sports Center.
MTO News learned that the network asked Jamele to renegotiate her contract, and take a pay cut, or they'd fire her. Jamele - we're told - told the network to KICK ROCKS and give her THE BAG. In fact, reports say it was a $2.5 million bag and her last day will be Friday, according to The New York Post.
The New York Post suggested that the announcement was made on Saturday to deaden the impact of what had been a huge national story, both in politics and in sports.
On September 11, 2017, Hill came under fire for calling Trump a 'white supremacist' and 'unqualified and unfit' to be a president, as well as a 'bigot.'
She later clarified that the remarks reflected her 'personal beliefs', and apologized for bringing ESPN into the issue.