It has just been announced that ESPN host Rachel Nichols’s show The Jump has been cancelled, and she will no longer be reporting on the NBA with the channel. We take a closer look at this breaking story, as well as exploring Rachel Nichols’ career and introducing her husband and kids.
ESPN host removed from The Jump
ESPN has just removed veteran host Rachel Nichols from NBA coverage on the channel. This is reportedly due to the ongoing controversy surrounding comments made about former colleague Maria Taylor.
According to ESPN the weekday show The Jump is going to be replaced with new NBA content.
ESPN senior Vice President David Robert said: “We mutually agreed that this approach regarding our NBA coverage was best for all concerned. Rachel is an excellent reporter, host and journalist, and we thank her for her many contributions to our NBA content.”
Nichols has thanked The Jump team on social media, and celebrated the show’s fantastic five year run.
Meet Rachel Nichols’ family and kids
Rachel Nichols’ husband is Hollywood director Max Nichols. The pair have been together for over 20 years, initially meeting as teenagers at a summer camp in Maine.
However, they parted after high school and reconnected ten years later. They tied the knot on 25 May 2001 in a Jewish Ceremony in New York.
Max Nichols was born on 9 December 1973 and is 47 years old. He is most well known for his work directing Miles Teller in Two Night Stand, as well as films such as Day 5. He is also the son of novelist Annabel Davis-Goff and director Mike Nichols.
Rachel Nichols has two kids with husband Max. They have two twin daughters who are around third grade age.
Nichols has said about raising kids during the covid-19 pandemic that they’re: “Trying to make life feel as normal for them as possible”.
A look at Rachel Nichols’ career
Rachel Nichols graduated from the Medill School Of Journalism at Northwestern University. One of her first jobs after graduating was writing for The Washington Post.
She has been a sports journalist since 1995, working across main sports channels such as ESPN and CNN. She reported for ESPN’s SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown, as well as her own show on CNN, Unguarded With Rachel Nichols.
Nichols has hosted The Jump for the past five years, which includes coverage of NBA news and stories, as well as interesting analysis and player interviews.