ESPN’s SportsCenter anchor, Michael Smith, has announced that he will be relieved of his duties as the host of a primetime slot, “SC6.” Smith will be conducting his last episode today and will be replaced by other current ESPN staff immediately.
Executive Vice President of ESPN Norby Williamson, made an official statement earlier today in regards to Smith’s status with SportsCenter and even his future with ESPN.
Here's a statement from ESPN on Michael Smith and the 6:00 p.m. ET SportsCenter: pic.twitter.com/RA9SlMfwYS
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 9, 2018
“Michael is a talented commentator and we greatly appreciate and value his contributions and creativity. We are in the process of discussing with him potential next ESPN assignments.”
The SportsCenter “6” or “SC6” slot was intended to have two anchor positions, all because the strong chemistry Michael Smith and Jemele Hill displayed for each other. The show was crafted to bring an urban feel to the network, which in return would help attract a much younger audience.
The show’s viewing numbers began to sink after it was clear both anchors had a political agenda to push. Jemele Hill was eventually fired from the show after making some serious acquisitions about the president. Specifically saying, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists.”
SI has learned that Michael Smith is leaving ESPN's SC6 https://t.co/aDqE69yoDH
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 9, 2018
ESPN initially made no decision whatsoever on consequences or any sort punishment dealing with Hill’s comments. She then violated ESPN’s social media guidelines for the second time, calling for the boycott of the Dallas Cowboys, following comments made by Jerry Jones saying he will bench players who kneel for the anthem. Jemele was suspended for only 2 weeks after the two separate outbursts. ESPN eventually relocated Hill to The Undefeated, a website solely devoted to the intersection of sports and politics.
After leaving SportsCenter, Jemele Hill continued her anti trump slander, appearing on The View saying she stands by her original tweet that caused her demise from SportsCenter. Later on, the show she said, she doesn’t think “his supporters are white supremacists as a whole.”
“What I would say, though, is that they have the benefit of privilege to be able to distance and dissociate themselves from certain issues. Me, as a woman of color, I feel vulnerable to certain behaviors, certain policies and certain things that he’s said and done.”
Michael Smith and Jemele Hill became extremely close over their time working together, it was only a matter of time for Michael Smith to follow in his buddy’s footsteps and leave ESPN’s flagship program.
I am completely through with ESPN anti-Trump spewing host is too much to tolerate!
Semper Fi https://t.co/JXbJIgAKUX
— Dale the Marine (@drleic) March 9, 2018
Smith has recently found himself in some hot water with his current employers after airing his frustrations with ESPN on a podcast.
“There was a time we weren’t even talking to each other anymore,” Smith said. “Like no more Michael and Jemele, not less, not here and there. No more Michael and Jemele talking. No more of their commentary. It’s just strictly live shots and analysis. That’s what pissed me off so much.”
“Instead of saying ‘no, this is the vision for this show, this is what we’re doing. This show is about Michael and Jemele and their opinions and their chemistry, and they’re going to do ‘SportsCenter’ their way.’ Instead of sticking to that vision, we immediately tried to merge two things, it was very frustrating.”
SportsCenter “6” or “SC6” with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill only lasted on the air for 13 months and was doomed from the beginning. But if you ask me, it was 13 months too long for the duo.
Michael Smith leaving Sportscenter too now, the fans have spoken. Show was horrible. Miss the days of Stu, Boom, Dan, etc. But of course in those days Espn was a sports station
— Mark Lake (@MALakeJr) March 9, 2018
ESPN and specifically the show SportsCenter is designed to report news in the sports world. We watch their shows to find out stats and who won the game, we don’t tune in to be told who to vote for. It’s a shame over the last couple of years ESPN has taken some concentration away from their niche, (sports) and continue to succumb deeper to the plague of liberalism. The network has continued to mix politics within an industry that has absolutely no room for it. They keep on pushing the left’s agenda but don’t want to come to the realization that it is causing their demise.
ESPN, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR LANE!