Former ESPN Hosts Jemele Hill and Cari Champion Joining CNN+

Cari Champion and Jemele Hill

Former ESPN hosts Jemele Hill and Cari Champion are joining CNN to host a show on its streaming service.

The two will co-host a show called “Cari & Jemele: Speak.Easy,” the network announced on Thursday. The pair will use the show to highlight “the biggest stories in sports, entertainment, politics, and culture, they’ll tell you how they see it,” the network said.

“I believe the old adage is that if you work with one of your best friends, then you’ll never work a day in your life. While I made that up, there’s a certain magic that happens when Cari and I collaborate together,” Hill said in a statement. “The CNN family is a perfect partner for us because they understand our chemistry and appreciate that our boldness is our strength.”

Both Champion and Hill spent a number of years at ESPN, and have since broken off from the sports media giant to work on podcasts and other subscriber-based outlets. Hill is a writer at The Undefeated.

Hill was suspended from ESPN in 2017 for statements she posted to social media, including one calling former President Trump a “white supremacist.”

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SOURCE: The Hill, Dominick Mastrangelo

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