Hollywood Reacts to Jemele Hill Controversy

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Earlier in the week, ESPN personality Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter.

On Friday, Sanders was asked about Trump's tweet earlier in the day in which he demanded that ESPN "Apologize for untruth!" and whether the president would apologize for birtherism claims made previously by Trump about President Barack Obama.

Both Hill and ESPN released statements in the wake of the blowback, with Hill noting her comments expressed "personal beliefs" and didn't represent ESPN.

On Wednesday, Ms. Hill issued a statement expressing regret for the way her comments "painted ESPN in an unfair light". After the MSNBC reporter said she was looking for clarification, Sanders stated, "I'm just asking you to be respectful of your colleagues".

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday spent the second day in a row suggesting that an ESPN anchor should be fired for critical comments against President Trump.

If Sanders is tried and found guilty, she could face a fine or up to 15 years in prison.

The comments sparked outrage from journalists who saw the White House calling for a member of the media to lose her job as a direct attack on her free speech rights. A spokesperson from ESPN denied the report, and said that they accept her apology.

The first in a thread of messages against Trump attracted the most attention Monday, Sept. 11, which has led many in the public eye to stand with Hill.

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In another tweet, she said, "Donald Trump is a bigot", and went on to criticize his supporters, adding "The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you". And is the President aware of that comment?

Also, "We never asked any other anchors to do last night's show".

Meanwhile, right-wingers are beside themselves that Hill wasn't fired.

The network's management initially considered firing Jemele Hill, the co-host of "Sports Center", according to several ESPN staffers speaking on a not-for-attribution basis.

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