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ESPN removes Rachel Nichols from NBA programming, cancels daily show

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It sure looks like Rachel Nichols’ long and impressive tenure with ESPN is about to come to a conclusion here soon.

Mere months after Nichols was caught on a recorded conversation with public relations executive Adam Mendelsohn indicating that former colleague Maria Taylor received a gig for the four-letter network due to the color of her skin, the well-known media personality is facing the consequences.

According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, ESPN is removing Rachel Nichols from all its NBA programming and canceling her daily show, “The Jump.”

“We mutually agreed that this approach regarding our NBA coverage was best for all concerned,” ESPN Senior VP/Production David Roberts told Ourand. “Rachel is an excellent reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content.”

Nominated for an Emmy as the host for “The Jump” earlier this this year, Nichols is a popular figure within the NBA community. However, the comments she made about the aforementioned Maria Taylor pretty much forced ESPN’s hands here. Taylor has since left the four-letter network for a role on NBC Sports and just recently helped in the broadcast of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

A veteran of the Washington Post, Rachel Nichols joined ESPN back in 2004 where she became a regular part of their most-popular programming. After leaving ESPN for CNN in 2013, he returned to Bristol in 2016.