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Sports host Rachel Nichols reappears on Showtime a year after controversial exit from ESPN NBA role – Deadline

Veteran sports TV host Rachel Nichols, whose long tenure at ESPN was cut short by controversy, is finally back in her new on-air home.

She will join Showtime Basketball, a new content vertical on the Paramount Global Premium Network, contributing to multiple programs and projects. Along with the announcement of her new company address, Nichols participated in her first sit-down interview about the circumstances surrounding the situation on ESPN.

In 2021, Nichols was expelled jump, ESPN’s signature NBA show, was canceled after an audio recording surfaced containing comments Nichols, who is white, made about his former colleague, Maria Taylor, who is black. Nichols alleges that ESPN staff recorded her without her knowledge via her remote video connection and provided the recording to Nichols. new york timesThe press framed the audio as evidence of the racial indifference directed at Taylor. (Taylor has since left for NBC Sports, too.) Nichols later settled on the network, but in an interview with all smokein a Showtime video podcast hosted by former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Nichols explains the extreme limitations to her options during and shortly after ESPN’s internal investigation.

in the all smoke During the conversation, Nichols pushed back characterizing her exit as follows: Times and other outlets.She said her contract extension for 2019 included a condition to become the studio host for ESPN/ABC coverage of the NBA Finals. NBA countdown, she called it “my dream job.”When Taylor was placed to host in 2020 countdown Instead, Nichols said, “I thought, ‘I’ve been working for this for a long time’ … I just wanted the chance to do it.” When he confided in a friend about his situation, a colleague selected selected material from the conversation.

Nichols, who has specialized in NBA coverage during his 25-year career, joins Showtime’s roster that includes Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, JR Smith and Twitter influencer Josiah Johnson.

Brian Dailey, SVP Sports Programming & Content at Showtime Networks, said: “Rachel brings unparalleled journalistic credibility, deep familiarity with our roster, and a work ethic that takes us to another level.”

Created and hosted by Nichols jump Starting as a daily ESPN show from 2016 to 2021 through 2021. washington postAt Turner Sports from 2013 to 2016, she was the host Unprotected with Rachel Nichols CNN covered the NBA on TNT, the NCAA men’s basketball tournaments on CBS and TBS, the MLB playoffs on TBS, the NFL and boxing. During her first stint with ESPN beginning in 2004, she covered her NFL and NBA, E: 60 and appeared sports Center.

“For over 25 years, I have been very fortunate to have been able to work with some of the best journalists in the industry, and this new development deal with Showtime Sports gives me the widest playing field to date. “They gave me the opportunity to work with Hall of Famers, multiple guys with championship rings, and an ultra-creative team behind the camera to produce, create, and produce new sports programming across platforms.” I’ve asked you to host. We’re going to have a great time.”