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Maria Taylor to leave ESPN: NPR


ESPN reporter Maria Taylor before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers on October 18, 2020. ESPN announced on Wednesday that it was leaving the network.

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Maria Taylor to leave ESPN: NPR

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers on October 18, 2020. ESPN announced on Wednesday that it was leaving the network.

Brian Westerholt / AP

ESPN host Maria Taylor announced she was quitting the sports network just weeks after a colleague’s remarks suggesting Taylor had been promoted because she was black became public.

Taylor and ESPN announced the departure in a statement Wednesday, saying “after much discussion an agreement on a contract extension could not be reached.”

According to ESPN, Taylor’s last appearance for the network was the television broadcast of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

At the beginning of July, the New York Times reported a recording of a conversation by ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, who suggested that Taylor got her job as the “NBA Countdown” host instead of Nichols because Taylor is black.

Nichols was removed from his post after the comments became public.

In a statement shared by ESPN, Taylor thanked his colleagues, as well as Jimmy Pitaro, president of ESPN and Sports Content.

“Words are insufficient to express my unlimited appreciation, and I hope to make them proud,” Taylor said in a statement.



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