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Jemele Hill says goodbye to ESPN: ‘I’ll always be rooting for you’

For The Win logo For The Win 9/14/2018 Charles Curtis
Jemele Hill smiling for the camera: Associated Press © Associated Press Associated Press

Jemele Hill's tenure at ESPN officially came to an end on Friday.

The columnist and host announced that reports about her departure from the network after a tumultuous last couple of years were true:

"When I started at ESPN in 2006, I had no idea that such a wonderful journey would take place over the next 12 years. This was the place where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.

"However, the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life."

Hill went on to thank executives at the Worldwide Leader and singled out Michael Smith with an "I love you," and finished by saying to other ESPN colleagues that "I'll always be rooting for you."

Perhaps she clued followers into this news the night before with this tweet:

In 2017, Hill was at the center of controversy when she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist and was later suspended from the network due to what ESPN called a "second violation" of the company's social media policy. She and Smith ended their hosting duties of the 6 p.m. SportsCenter earlier this year.

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