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Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN after failing to reach a salary agreement with the sports network before her contract expired.

Taylor, who had been with ESPN since 2014, taped her last segment with ESPN's "NBA Countdown" on Tuesday night. Her contract expired on Tuesday.

Taylor and ESPN discussed contract negotiations for a year before she departed. The network originally offered her $5 million before the Covid pandemic shut down the country in 2020.

Last month ESPN offered Taylor $3 million - three times her salary at the time.

Taylor was virtually unknown until Rachel Nichols catapulted her into the national spotlight.

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The New York Times published an article detailing a secretly recorded phone call made by colleague Rachel Nichols griping about Taylor's diversity promotion.

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Nichols, who is white, was upset at losing the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig to Taylor because she was Black.

Nichols said:

"I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball. If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away."

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Megan Thee Stallion is accusing her record label of refusing to release her new music. The up-and-coming rapper accused bosses at 1051 Records of shelving her new music with no release date.

Megan scored a viral hit "Hot Girl Summer" last year when she teamed up with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.

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Despite the success of her record, the former stripper claimed during an Instagram Live video on Sunday, that bosses at 1501 won't allow her to drop any new music after she asked to renegotiate her contract for more money.

Megan confessed she made the same rookie mistake as other eager young rappers who just want a record deal.

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"When I signed, I didn't really know what was in my contract. I was young, I think I was, like, 20," she explained in the emotional post. "So when I got with Roc Nation (JAY-Z's entertainment and management company), I got management, real management. I got real lawyers, and they were like, 'Do you know that this is in your contract?' And I was like, 'Oh damn, that's crazy, no I didn't know.'"

The "All Dat" rapper didn't specify which terms she objected to, but explained she wanted to adjust the contract to remove certain clauses.

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"As soon as I said I wanna renegotiate my contract, everything went left. It just went all bad," she said, as she fought back tears. "So now they're telling a b**ch she can't drop no music. It's really just, like, a greedy game.'

She also clarified that she wasn't trying to leave the record label, but she just wanted a more equitable (read: lucrative) contract.

"I'm not a greedy person. I'm not a person that likes confrontation," she said, adding, "I'm nice and I'm real family-oriented."

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