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Jemele Hill Reveals She Was Paid $200K Less Than Co-Host Michael Smith For Working on Same Show

Jemele Hill has opened up about his ESPN deal and according to her, she made $200K less than her co-host Michael Smith. That’s unfair I think.

According to Vlad;

While speaking to “Assets Over Liabilities,” Jemele explained, “I was making $200,000 less than him even though we were doing the same job. It’s not so much about what you’re worth, it’s about what you will negotiate. I started at ESPN at such a low salary to begin with. One of those, We’ll see how it works kind of contracts. A 2-and-2 contract: two-year deal with a two-year option, one of the worst contracts I ever signed.”

Hill went on to explain that she made $120,000 her first year, and given that she was an independent contractor, she had to pay her own taxes and insurance.

She added, “The thing about ‘SportsCenter,’ it was never my dream job, so it was easy to walk away. That’s because I was unhappy. I didn’t like the job. I didn’t like some of the things they were doing to our show, I didn’t like the leadership that was in charge of our show so I was like, ‘Let me find something else within the company to do.”

Jemele has a book coming.

Jemele Hill’s world came crashing down when she called President Trump “a white supremacist”; the White House wanted her fired from ESPN, and she was deluged with death threats. But Hill had faced tougher adversaries growing up in Detroit than a tweeting president. Beneath the exterior of one of the most recognizable journalists in America was a need—a calling—to break her family’s cycle of intergenerational trauma.

Jemele Hill’s life began in upheaval. Born in the middle of a lively routine Friday night Monopoly game to a teen mother and a heroin-addicted father, Hill constantly adjusted to the harsh realities of not only her own childhood but the inherited generational pain of her mother and grandmother. Her escape was writing.

Hill’s mother was less than impressed with the brassy and bold free expression of her diary, but Jemele never stopped discovering and amplifying her voice. Through hard work and a constant willingness to learn, Hill rose from newspaper reporter to columnist to new heights as the anchor for ESPN’s revered SportsCenter. Soon, she earned respect and support—though not always from her bosses—for her fearless opinions and unshakable confidence, as well as a reputation as a trusted journalist who speaks their mind with truth and conviction.

In Jemele Hill’s journey Uphill, she shares the whole story of her work, the women of her family, and her complicated relationship with God in an unapologetic, character-rich, and eloquent memoir.

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