His & Hers (ESPN)

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His & Hers
Starring Michael Smith
Jemele Hill
Country of origin United States
Production
Location(s) Bristol, Connecticut
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ESPN2
Original run September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12) – present

His & Hers is a sports discussion show hosted by Michael Smith and Jemele Hill; it is televised by ESPN2 as part of its weekday lineup of studio programs. Originally premiering as the statistics-oriented program Numbers Never Lie, the program soon dropped its focus on metrics and became a statistics-based sports discussion program, leading to its eventual re-branding in November 2014.

History[edit]

The series originally premiered on September 12, 2011 as Numbers Never Lie; initially co-hosted by Charissa Thompson, the program focused primarily on statistics and analytics (hence its name) and was positioned as being of interest to fantasy sports fans.[1] Previously, the show included contributions by ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose and frequent ESPN NFL contributor Hugh Douglas.

However, the focus on statistics was eventually downplayed in favor of a conventional debate and discussion format similar to other ESPN daytime programs, albeit one with statistics as a talking point. According to Smith, ESPN's staff felt that viewers were being alienated by the program's focus on and need to explain "hard analytics"; he also felt that the title of the program had become "deceiving" due to these changes in the format.[1]

Thompson left Numbers Never Lie in June 2012 to take over the co-host's role on SportsNation, and Smith was joined by rotating guest analysts until Rose and Douglas became permanent cohosts on September 10, 2012.[2][3] Jemele Hill replaced Rose as a co-host on June 3, 2013.

On August 13, 2013, ESPN parted with Hugh Douglas following an altercation with co-host Michael Smith.[4]

On October 27, 2014, ESPN announced that the program would be re-branded as His & Hers on November 3, 2014, after Smith and Hill's ESPN podcast of the same name.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blogs with Balls Day 2 Recap: Specific sports, issues and initiatives". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie Announces New Additions Jalen Rose and Hugh Douglas". espnmediazone.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Chris (2 June 2012). "Charissa Thompson on SportsNation: ESPN Replaces Michelle Beadle". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation". Yahoo!. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  5. ^ "ESPN2's "Numbers Never Lie" Will Change to "His & Hers" with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill on November 3". ESPN press release. Retrieved 29 October 2014.