Jemele Hill knows a thing or two about drama at ESPN.
The former “SportsCenter” host, who worked for the media giant from 2006 until leaving the network in October 2018, didn’t hold back when discussing the Aaron Rodgers-Jimmy Kimmel controversy — and explained why ESPN needs to get a handle on this HISTORY The situation before repeating itself.
Kimmel threatened legal action against Rodgers after the Jets quarterback suggested the late-night host had a possible affair with the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.
“ESPN or someone else is going to have to rein this in,” Hill said Wednesday while appearing on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” He said he believed Kimmel “called” higher-ups at Disney.
“The Pat McAfee Show” airs on ESPN, while “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Airs on ABC, both of which are owned by parent company Disney.
“We know that in the world of ESPN and Disney there is no crime more egregious than a host-on-host crime or a talent-on-talent crime,” Hill said. “There is no bigger crime than this. Ask Tony Kornheiser and Hannah Storm – like it doesn’t get any bigger than that.
“I experienced some of it myself when Chris Berman and I got involved behind the scenes and it escalated to a certain level of executive. So, we know how it happens.”
Hill speculated whether Rodgers’ weekly appearances on “The Pat McAfee Show” would eventually end due to the situation.
“I just feel like this conversation is going to get completely out of control when it comes to what Aaron Rodgers is and what he’s not allowed to say,” Hill said. “And there’s a part of me that wonders, ‘Is this going to be the end of the weekly Aaron Rodgers appearance?’
“Maybe not right now. But looking down the line, at some point, I think if you’re ABC or ESPN or the people who get paid to make these decisions, you wonder, ‘Is it worth it to keep him if every There’s going to be some kind of headline this week where he’s saying something and we’re making headlines for the wrong reasons?
Rodgers is not an ESPN employee.
According to The Post’s Andrew Marchand, McAfee, who joins ESPN in September 2023 after signing a massive contract in the spring, pays Rodgers more than seven figures a year to appear on his show every week. .
McAfee addressed the controversy on Wednesday’s episode of his show, and apologized for getting involved in the media uproar.
An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment when asked about the situation by The Post.
In addition to Hill, Dan Le Batard and Pablo Torre, who also appeared on the show, are former ESPN personalities.
“I remember there were huge battles at ESPN to keep this beast named Ron Magill, [communications director of the Miami-Dade Zoo] On air on ESPN.
“I have to imagine that ESPN is not commenting around Aaron Rodgers because they are linking Disney’s biggest talk show host to Epstein Island…Here’s what kind of problem ESPN and Disney have.”
ESPN’s top personality, Stephen A. Smith also discussed the controversy during Wednesday’s installment of his YouTube show, “The Stephen A. Smith Show” — which covers more daring topics than what viewers see on the ESPN airwaves — and Said, Rodgers should apologize,
“I’m amazed at how people like Stephen A. who still work at ESPN, when they’re not on ESPN on-air, can basically gravitate towards a certain sexism that once Disney It was unimaginable on the airwaves,” Torre said. “And I admire the sexuality axis.
“I just wonder if Aaron Rodgers is at the point where he’s not even thinking this is crazy and even legally actionable on the network [like Disney],
Kimmel and Rodgers have a history, as the late-night host has used the four-time MVP as a butt of jokes on his talk show.
Rodgers has yet to address Kimmel’s threat, which came in the form of a x post tuesday,