ESPN has removed Rachel Nichols from all of its NBA programming and has canceled her weekday afternoon show, “The Jump,” the network told Sports Business Journal on Wednesday.
Nichols, 47, has been the center of controversy this summer at ESPN after a leaked audio of a private phone conversation from last year surfaced in which she complained that colleague Maria Taylor was being given the role to host the NBA Finals pre- and postgame shows because ESPN felt “pressure” on diversity.
Nichols was removed from “NBA Countdown” but continued to host “The Jump.”
The most recent decision on Wednesday was a mutual one, ESPN Senior VP of Production David Roberts told SBJ, and Nichols remains under contract with the network.
“We mutually agreed that his approach regarding our NBA coverage was best for all concerned,” Roberts said. “Rachel is an excellent reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content.”
“The Jump” will continue to air its remaining episodes over the coming weeks, but Nichols will not be the host. ESPN plans launch a new show in the lead-up to next season, per SBJ.
Nichols also tweeted out a statement on Wednesday.
It is unclear what Nichols’ next role will be or what her future looks like at ESPN.