After former ESPN personality Jemele Hill blamed radio host Clay Travis for her failed show, the Outkick founder argued Friday that “she was wrong” because ESPN and many other companies have made a mistake in evaluating Twitter’s tendencies to create content.
“I sometimes feel like people are captured by social media,” Travis told “The Brian Kilmeade Show”.
Travis said only about 10% of the population actually uses Twitter. He argued that Twitter gives media experts, public relations professionals, executives and businesses a “distorted view of reality.”
“When you’re on your phone all day and your notifications are on and people are constantly talking to you, it can make you feel like it’s the real world,” Travis said.
Travis reacted when Hill called him an “idiot” on a recent podcast, appearing to blame him for the recent drama that occurred at ESPN.
On Tuesday, Atlantic writer Jemele Hill starred in The Batard And Friends podcast for a segment titled “An Honest Conversation on ESPN, Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor”.
On the podcast, Hill discussed the controversy alongside Amin Elhassan and quickly told the story to his own drama regarding ESPN. At 12:50 p.m., she shared her belief that ESPN was run by “idiots” like Clay Travis.
JEMELE HILL CALLS CLAY TRAVIS AN “IDIOT” ON PODCAST, INSINE HE IS TO BLASTE FOR HIS FAILURE ESPN SHOW
“They let a false story persist about our show that people ran off with,” Hill continues. “They let the idiots in the room control the conversation, people like Clay Travis. They let these people direct their course of action. They panicked, and all of a sudden, they were very intentional about the things that were going on. “They were doing on our show. They wanted black faces. They didn’t necessarily want black voices.”
Hill previously worked for ESPN as an anchor until 2018 when she resigned to be written for ESPN The Undefeated site. However, many, including Clay Travis speculated that his different stance was the result of his frequent political statements.
In 2017, Hill was first criticized for referring to the then president Donald trump as a “white supremacist”. While ESPN condemned her comments, she continued to hold her position throughout the year.
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Travis said Hill fell victim to the belief that Twitter was real life.
“If you did that you would be far left and far away from what the real beholder is,” Travis said.
“The numbers reflect why she let go. There were fewer viewers. She was sucked into the idea that trying to make Twitter happy was going to make more people watch ESPN and that a vast majority of people who watch ESPN don’t. Twitter follows internal left-wing debates all day. They want to go home at the end of the day, they want to smash a beer, and they want to see who won the match, what’s the latest news. “
Travis concluded that ESPN and many other companies “have lost their way in making Twitter their common thread and using it as proof of what the general public expects from them.”
Lindsay Kornick of Fox News contributed to this report.