ESPN's Michael Smith will follow Jemele Hill and stop hosting 'SportsCenter'

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/245965/" data-ylk="slk:Michael Smith">Michael Smith</a> and Jemele Hill has both left “SportsCenter” in recent weeks. (AP Photo)
Michael Smith and Jemele Hill has both left “SportsCenter” in recent weeks. (AP Photo)

The primetime “SportsCenter” hour has lost both its hosts in the span of a few weeks. Michael Smith will reportedly leave the program after Friday’s show, according to Sports Illustrated.

[Batter up: Join a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league for free today]

Smith, like former co-host Jemele Hill, will remain at ESPN in another capacity. Hill left the program to write for The Undefeated, an ESPN site. Both Smith and Hill are still under contract with the company for multiple years.

Smith’s decision likely stems from losing his co-host.He was one of Hill’s biggest defenders after the company reprimanded her for a tweet calling Donald Trump a white supremacist and another tweet suggesting people should boycott companies that sponsor the Dallas Cowboys.

Shortly after news broke of Hill’s exit, Smith appeared on a podcast where he dropped a couple expletives while criticizing ESPN.

The version of “SportsCenter” featuring Smith and Hill, also known as “SC6,” was supposed to be a departure from the old format. The network said the show would be built around their personalities. Over time, ESPN attempted to move away from that focus, prompting Hill to leave.

If Smith exits the program after Friday’s show, the “SC6” format of “SportCenter” will have lost its original hosts after just 13 months.

(The Turnstile H/N: Sports Illustrated)

More from Yahoo Sports:
NFLPA calls for combine ‘ban’ after prospect’s claim of inappropriate questions
Infuriated UNC coach tries to rip jacket in half. Fails.
Chloe, meet Chloe: Olympic star gets her own Barbie
After being shot in the head, WR eyes NFL return

– – – – – – –

Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

What to Read Next