ESPN cancels ‘The Jump,’ relieves Rachel Nichols of NBA duties
ESPN canceled “The Jump,” hosted by Rachel Nichols, and removed her from coverage of the NBA on Wednesday, leaving her future at the network unclear.
Nichols, well-known as a basketball studio host and reporter, hosted the daily basketball show for five years.
Her status at ESPN had been shaky in recent months, however, since a tape leaked in which Nichols said the network promoted Maria Taylor to host the coverage of the 2020 NBA Finals in an effort to promote diversity.
Taylor, who is Black, left ESPN in July when her contract expired and immediately joined NBC to work on its coverage of the Tokyo Olympics.
Nichols addressed the cancellation of “The Jump” on Twitter.
“Got to create a whole show and spend five years hanging out with some of my favorite people talking about one my favorite things,” she said, peppering her sentence with heart and basketball emojis. “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...”