ESPN host Jemele Hill apologises for Donald Trump 'white supremacist' comments after White House calls for her to be sacked

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An ESPN host has issued a public apology for calling Donald Trump a “white supremacist” after her controversial comments led to calls for her to be sacked.

Jemele Hill has apologised for painting the sports network in an “unfair light” after publically posting the controversial comments about the President.

In a statement, she said the comments represented her “personal beliefs” and said she regretted posting them publically and “paint[ing] ESPN in an unfair light”. 

“My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional,” she added.

On Wednesday, during a White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she thought Ms Hill should be fired for her “outrageous” remarks.

‘Outrageous’: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the comments should be a sackable offence (AP)

Ms Hill had Tweeted on Monday that Trump is a “bigot” and a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists”.

She also accused him of being “unqualified and unfit to be president” and said “if he were not white, he would never have been elected”.

Following the Tweets, ESPN posted that the comments “do not represent the position of ESPN”.

It added: “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”


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