Numbers Never Lie

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Numbers Never Lie
Starring Michael Smith
Jemele Hill
Country of origin United States
Location(s) Bristol, Connecticut
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ESPN2
Original run September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12)  – present

Numbers Never Lie (officially Numbers Never* Lie) is a 60-minute sports talk show that debuted on ESPN2 on September 12, 2011. Initially hosted by Charissa Thompson and Michael Smith, the program now features Smith and Jemele Hill as co-hosts. Previously, the show included contributions by ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose and frequent ESPN NFL contributor Hugh Douglas. Numbers Never Lie is a roundtable sports discussion program, with a focus on statistics and analytics (hence the name of the program).[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]


  1. ^ Smeltz, Nate. "ESPN2's Numbers Never Lie". Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie Announces New Additions Jalen Rose and Hugh Douglas". Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Chris (2 June 2012). "Charissa Thompson on SportsNation: ESPN Replaces Michelle Beadle". Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation". Yahoo!. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13.