Earlier today, it was announced that ESPN has removed Rachel Nichols from its NBA coverage. This means that Nichols’ daily show, The Jump, will be pulled from ESPN’s programming and replaced with something else in the future.
“We mutually agreed that this approach regarding our NBA coverage was best for all concerned,” David Roberts, the senior vice president for production at ESPN, said in a statement. “Rachel is an excellent reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content.”
Shortly after this decision was announced, Nichols went on Twitter to share her thoughts on this situation.
“Got to create a whole show and spend five years hanging out with some of my favorite people talking about one my favorite things,” Nichols said. “An eternal thank you to our amazing producers & crew – The Jump was never built to last forever but it sure was fun. More to come.”
Got to create a whole show and spend five years hanging out with some of my favorite people ❤️ talking about one my favorite things 🏀 An eternal thank you to our amazing producers & crew – The Jump was never built to last forever but it sure was fun. 😎
More to come… pic.twitter.com/FPMFRlfJin
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 25, 2021
Nichols made headlines earlier this summer because controversial remarks she made about Maria Taylor leaked to the public. ESPN removed Nichols from its NBA Finals coverage because of that incident.
Despite being removed from ESPN’s basketball coverage, Nichols remains under contract with the network for more than a year.
According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, Nichols will most likely be off ESPN’s airwaves for the rest of her contract.
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