Jemele Hill says she deserved ESPN ban: ‘Me and ESPN are fine'

Jemele Hill says everything is fine and dandy between her and ESPN as the studio host wraps up her two-week benching from the network this weekend.

Hill told TMZ that she bears no ill will with the Worldwide Leader, which suspended her after she tweeted about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stance on the national anthem.

"Me and ESPN are fine,” Hill said, per TMZ. “I know it's great conjecture to think about what might happen but we're fine. We're in a good place. I'm happy to be back at the network."

After Jones said he would bench anyone on his team who took a knee during the anthem, Hill tweeted that fans who disagreed could express their disapproval by targeting Cowboys advertisers.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Jemele Hill (L) and Michael Smith at the Celebrity Basketball Game, presented by Sprite and State Farm, during the 2017 BET Experience, at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: Jemele Hill and Michael Smith attends ESPN The Magazine's 'Next' Event at Tad Gormley Stadium on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Chang/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: (L-R) Cari Champion, Laura Gentile, and Jemele Hill attend the 'Venus Vs.' and 'Coach' screenings at the Paley Center For Media on June 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Jamie Horowitz, Michael Smith, Cari Champion, Skip Bayless and Jemele Hill attend IAVA 7th Annual Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for IAVA)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Jemele Hill, Michael Smith and Cari Champion attend the 'When the Garden Was Eden' Premiere after party during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at Hudson Terrace on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: ESPN columnist Jemele Hill and Michael Smith attend the The Paley Center for Media 2014 Spring Benefit Dinner at 583 Park Avenue on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Jemele Hill speaks onstage during the Genius Talks presented by RushCard at the 2014 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE on June 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 8: Jemele Hill (R) asks a question to panelist U.S. Paralympian Amy Purdy (MR), WNBA player Elena Delle Donne (ML) and U.S. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin (L) at the espnW: Women + Sports Summit on October 8, 2014 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Jemele Hill speaks onstage at 'Live Podcast: His and Hers' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Michael Smith (L) and Jemele Hill speak onstage at 'Live Podcast: His and Hers' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 15: ESPN Sportscaster Jemele Hill speaks to the audience during the espnW Summit 2015 at St. Regis Monarch Resort on October 15, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Jemele Hill (L) and Hennessy's West Coast Marketing Manager Thuy-Anh J. Nguyen attend the official BET Experience gifting suite sponsored by Hennessy at Los Angeles Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Hennessy V.S)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 14: ESPN Sportscaster Jemele Hill introduces Power Talk speakers during the espnW Summit 2015 at St. Regis Monarch Resort on October 14, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Jemele Hill, radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, and honoree Cari Champion attend the 2015 WEEN Awards at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on November 18, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Journalist Jemele Hill provides commenary during the celebrity basketball game presented by Sprite during the 2016 BET Experience on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03: ESPN TV Hostess Cari Champion and Jemele Hill take in the New Liberity vs the Los Angeles Sparks during a WNBA basketball game at Staples Center on July 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Co-host ESPN2's His & Hers Jemele Hill speaks at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? Women & Sport in 2016 panel at Liberty Theater during 2016 Advertising Week New York on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Actor Michael Che and sports journalist Jemele Hill attend GQ Celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend 2017 at Ogden Museum Of Southern Art on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for GQ)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Michael Smith and Jemele Hill chats of the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Jemele Hill Coach of the East Team holds up the MVP award after the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as a part of 2017 All-Star Weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 01: ESPN's SC6, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill host a show before Game One of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 1, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: SPN host Jemele Hill attends BODY At The ESPYS Pre-Party at Avalon Hollywood on July 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
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“If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers,” Hill posted on Oct. 8. “Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”

Hill later insisted she wasn’t advocating an NFL boycott, but ESPN nevertheless suspended her for what the network said was a “second violation of our social media guidelines.”

Hill, who received support from colleagues, athletes and celebrities during her two-week silence, told the gossip site she believes the network treated her fairly.

"ESPN acted what they felt was right. I don't have any argument or quibble with that,” she said. “I will tell people absolutely, after my Donald Trump tweets, I deserved that suspension. I deserved it. I violated the policy. I deserved the suspension. Going forward we'll be in a good, healthy place, it'll be fine and I'm looking forward to it.”

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On September 11, ESPN's Jemele Hill tweeted that President Trump was a "white supremacist," to which ESPN responded that Hill's remarks were "inappropriate."

Social media was quick to sound off on the controversy ...

We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾
Poor @jemelehill ! If this twit ever opened a book she might learn that white supremacy is the legacy of the party… https://t.co/Kix3KzXRYv
@jemelehill @Millz2BeMade Fire this racist, no talent, non educated POS...shes a joke & works at ESPN for ONE reaso… https://t.co/R8MnM4mMaf
@jemelehill thank you for speaking the truth. Im sorry u are being silenced. But u are 100 percent right about trump
@vlov327 @Kaepernick7 @jemelehill Donald Trump is not, never was, never will be a White Supremacist. Saying that he… https://t.co/R1VrvDcR4L
I hope despite what her employer decided@jemelehill feels the overwhelming love and support for her & her stance was 100% correct.
All the white tears over Jemele Hill this morning 😂 #jemelehill
@jemelehill I dont understand how uneducated people continue to get jobs in the media. Sports or otherwise.
@jemelehill It's crystal clear that anyone who doesn't share your insular, bigoted, racist views, u label them as r… https://t.co/EqvPtjx1j8
@jemelehill Everything you said was the truth 💯it amazes me the studity in ppl. Damn shame
@jemelehill You should be fired. Goes to show bigots come in all shapes and sizes. #BoycottESPN
I like @jemelehill but when will celebrities realize I care about your opinion on sports and nothing else. #StayInYourLane
We are with you @jemelehill #StayWoke✊🏾
So because @realDonaldTrump is "president" he's above criticism? @jemelehill keep talking that that talk. They don't wanna hear the truth
And yet somehow Jemele Hill was being inappropriate? Nah. https://t.co/AGMSZnDr0u https://t.co/2JahScBHwW
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Hill returns to “The Six” with co-host Michael Smith on Monday after igniting a firestorm of both support and criticism last month for her tweet that referred to President Trump as a “white supremacist.”

ESPN had subsequently said in a statement that Hill’s comments “regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN.”

Trump, who has praised Jones during his weeks-long condemnation of anthem protesters, responded on Twitter by blaming Hill for ESPN’s ratings having “tanked.”

Hill told TMZ there were in fact never any restrictions placed on her regarding her Twitter account, and that she plans to return to Twitter as “my usual self.”

Hill added that she has only one regret about the situation.

“The only thing I ever apologized for is I put ESPN in a bad spot,” she said. “I'll never take back what I said. I put them in a bad spot. I regret the position I put them in. I regret the positon we put our show in. I'll never take back what I said.”

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