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Symone Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris' chief spokesperson, is leaving the Biden-Harris administration.

Sanders announced her exit in a letter to her colleagues on Monday, following rumors of a toxic work environment in Harris' office.

Sanders, who is also Harris' senior adviser, will leave the White House at the end of December.

"Symone has served honorably for three years," a source told CNN.

"The President and vice president are grateful for Symone's service and advocacy for this White House. She is a valued member, a team player, and she will be missed. We are grateful to have her working through the end of the year."

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In her letter, Sanders thanked Harris and her chief of staff Tina Flournoy.

"I'm so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been," she wrote.

"I'm grateful for Tina and her leadership and her confidence as well. Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you."

Sanders' resignation is the second high level departure of a Black woman from the Biden-Harris administration in just the last month.

Last month, vice president's communications director, Ashley Etienne, announced she was leaving to pursue "other opportunities."

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According to more than 70 current and former staffers, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is an unrepentant racist who drops the N-word often.

Sarver, who also owns the WNBA's Mercury, is pictured above with WNBA player Shay Murphy.

According to the report, Sarver once told 2 basketball operations staffers to find local strippers willing to get impregnated by NBA players. He allegedly wanted the players to be motivated to remain in Phoenix close to their offspring.

The shocking details were hashed out in a bombshell report published Thursday by ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

"The level of misogyny and racism is beyond the pale," one Suns co-owner told ESPN about Sarver. "It's embarrassing as an owner."

"There's literally nothing you could tell me about him from a misogynistic or race standpoint that would surprise me," another former Suns basketball executive told ESPN.

Among the sordid details included in the report are:

  • Sarver made inappropriate comments, including discussing when his wife performed oral sex on him.
  • Sarver used racial slur to explain to a staffer why he preferred hiring Lindsey Hunter, who is Black, over Dan Majerle as head coach in 2013.
  • Sarver once asked a female employee whether he "owned" her to determine if she was a Suns employee.

 

Sarver, through his attorneys, acknowledged dropping the n-word once many years ago, but he said other allegations in the report are untrue.

When the reports were made public on October 22, the Suns issued a statement, saying they "urge everyone not to rush to judgement here. Especially based on lies, innuendo, and a false narrative to attack our organization and its leadership."

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Stephen Jackson deleted a video saying "F**k ESPN" and blamed the network for creating the racist drama between its top female anchors, Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor.

A leaked phone call between Nichols and Adam Mendelsohn, an adviser to LeBron James, sparked outrage on social media.

Nichols forgot a video camera was still recording in her hotel room when she complained to Mendelsohn about ESPN giving Taylor the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig.

Nichols suggested that ESPN favored Taylor because of the color of Taylor's skin and ESPN's "crappy" history on diversity.

"I just want them to go somewhere else — it's in my contract, by the way; this job is in my contract in writing," Nichols told Mendelsohn.

Jackson, a retired NBA star, defended Nichols on social media after speaking with her by phone.

He initially posted a video saying "F**k ESPN" and called himself "Team Maria."
 

Jackson deleted the video and shared another video in which he defended Nichols. He said ESPN gave Taylor a "sympathy job" due to the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.

"We all ramble and we say things when we're frustrated, and Rachel did deserve that job, it's just plain and simple, I've talked to Rachel and I know a lot of things she was saying out of frustrations because ESPN put her in a bad position and they even put Maria in a bad position by trying to give Maria a sympathy job, they were trying to make themselves look good because of the Black lives Matter and the George Floyd stuff was going on. So ESPN tried to make themselves look good by taking the job from Rachel that she had already had - that they already told her she had... ESPN is behind all this. It's all they fault... ESPN, y'all some suckers!"

 

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A racial firestorm is brewing between ESPN anchors Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor.

Rachel Nichols is a well-known NBA sports reporter, anchor and host of ESPN's daily sports magazine "The Jump."

Her sports IQ and professionalism has earned Nichols the respect of top tier athletes who know her on a first-name basis.

Most sports fans had never heard of Maria Taylor until someone leaked Nichols' private phone conversation from last year.

In the audio clip, obtained by the New York Times, Nichols voiced her disappointment that Taylor was given NBA Finals hosting duties in 2020.

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Nichols, who is white, believed that Taylor, who is Black, got the coveted gig because of the explosive protests following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Taylor is pictured interviewing Grayson Allen of the Duke Blue Devils in 2018.

Nichols made the comments last July in a private phone conversation with Adam Mendelssohn, an adviser to L.A. Lakers star LeBron James and his agent Rich Paul.

At the time, Nichols was in quarantine at a Walt Disney World resort near the NBA bubble in Orlando, as part of the NBA's Covid protocol.

Alone in her room, she used a video camera to host "The Jump" and appear in ESPN's pregame and post-game shows.

Nichols was seeking advice from Mendelssohn on how to handle the tense situation with Taylor.

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She suggested that ESPN favored Taylor because of the color of Taylor's skin and ESPN's "crappy" history on diversity.

"I just want them to go somewhere else — it's in my contract, by the way; this job is in my contract in writing," Nichols told Mendelsohn.

During a pause in their conversation, Mendelsohn, who is white, said, "I don't know. I'm exhausted. Between Me Too and Black Lives Matter, I got nothing left."

Nichols laughed, apparently in agreement.

Unbeknownst to Nichols, the video camera was still on and recording her phone conversation with Mendelssohn. The recording was live-streamed to a server at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., according to the NY Times.

Multiple ESPN staffers had access to the server. Someone used a cellphone to record the audio off the server. The audio clip soon made the rounds at ESPN.

The audio clip was not made public until now.

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The leaked audio clip confirmed the suspicions of several Black ESPN employees who believe their white colleagues support Black Lives Matter in public but act differently behind closed doors.

Nichols has apologized to Taylor via email and text, but Taylor has not responded.

Taylor, who is holding out for "Stephen A. Smith money", will likely part ways with ESPN when her contract expires in three weeks.

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One ESPN source told the Times ESPN's decision not to punish Nichols was an "active source of pain".

The only person to be punished was Kayla Johnson, a Black digital video producer, who confessed to ESPN's human resources that she sent the audio clip to Taylor.

Johnson was suspended for two weeks without pay, and demoted to a less desirable position, according to the Times.

Johnson later quit her job, along with several other Black ESPN staffers who tendered their resignations.

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A Fox News affiliate reporter went rogue while on the air during a live news remote on Monday.

Fox 26 News reporter Ivory Hecker dropped a bombshell during a live remote about the sweltering heat in Houston.

Hecker said Fox News corporate bosses have been "muzzling" her and other station employees to prevent them from reporting the truth.

She leaked secret recordings to Project Veritas's James O'Keefe, who was banned from Twitter for leaking a video filmed by a CNN employee.

Hecker said:

"Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers. And from what I'm gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this. I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers. I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas that is going to help put that out tomorrow, so tune in then."

The stunning revelation went viral and caused a frenzy on Twitter.com on Monday.

Twitter user @ACTBrigitte wrote:

"I've been warning everyone about the Fox Corporation for YEARS now.

They don't let people who speak the cold hard truth on their network anymore.

Looking forward to seeing what Project Veritas and this brave local (former?) Fox Reporter put out tomorrow.

CANCEL FOX NEWS!!"

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The future of Ellen DeGeneres's once popular daytime talk show is in doubt.

DeGeneres, right, Is struggling to hold on to her hosting duties amid troubling accusations of racism and creating a toxic workplace.

With just one year left on her contract, the 62-year-old multimillionaire is said to be facing forced retirement.

According to Page Six, Ellen's TV ratings have collapsed 8 percent lower than last year.

Meanwhile, The Kelly Clarkson Show -- which comes on after Ellen's Show -- could take over Ellen's 3 p.m. spot if she is canceled.

Kelly's TV ratings matched Ellen's ratings high for the first time in 2019.

According to Page Six, NBC chiefs wooed Kelly, 38, before she launched her show in 2019.

The Kelly Clarkson Show became the most-watched new daytime talk show in seven years, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards last year.

Ellen has reportedly pleaded with her Black celebrity friends to help save her job.

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Five crew members stormed off the set after another one of Tom Cruise's rants on the set of his new Mission: Impossible 7 blockbuster.

The five crew members abandoned ship after a second on-set outburst by Cruise over his strict COVID-19 safety regulations.

The superstar lost his cool recently when he spotted two assistants huddled around a monitor, watching playback, ignoring his social distancing rules to keep the set corona-free.

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Cruise ranted and raved, threatening to fire anyone who didn't take his rules seriously.

"We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf**kers," Cruise raged at the Warner Bros. Studios in Hertfordshire, England. "I don't ever want to see it again, ever! And if you don't do it you're fired, if I see you do it again you're f**king gone."

The audio was leaked by The Sun on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and shortly after the leak made global headlines, he allegedly unleashed another tirade at the cast, prompting five crew members to quit.

"The first outburst was big but things haven't calmed since," a source told The Sun. "Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw. Since it became public, there has been more anger and several staff have walked.

"But Tom just can't take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He's upset others aren't taking it as seriously as him. In the end, he's the one who carries the can."

Representatives for Cruise and Paramount Pictures studio officials have yet to comment on the news.o coronavirus-related issues.