UPDATE: February 2, 11:11 p.m.: Some sources on Today are saying that it was good that Tamron made her exit, as Hall had become difficult.
“She was very difficult. She could have an attitude and was sometimes short and rude with the staff. If you were not Matt Lauer or talent, it could seem like she had no time for you.”
UPDATE: February 2, 3:35 p.m.: Al Roker confirmed that Tamron Hall has left and will not be returning.
UPDATE: February 1, 6:57 p.m: Sources are now saying that Hall is leaving as a result of being blindsided last Friday, when she learned she was being ousted from her spot by Kelly minutes before going on air.
“She was devastated to get the news. It was almost an Ann Curry moment live again on TV. It was surreal.”
Tamron Hall is leaving all NBC networks and all related shows after being offered a significant raise. NBC released a statement reflecting their disappointment, but friends are not surprised. Last week, it was announced that Megyn Kelly was leaving Fox News for NBC and would be taking over the last hour of the Today show. Tamron Hall was witness to a lot of shake-ups in the last year, including the Billy Bush incident.
Tamron Hall didn’t try very hard to mask her disdain for Billy Bush last year, even before the video came out of Bush and Trump disrespecting Nancy O’Dell, says the Inquisitr. Hall and many other NBC and Today employees went public, saying that they were uncomfortable working with Bush. Even before the suspension, Hall could be seen making faces on-air when Billy Bush made a joke.
Page Six shared statements from NBC and Tamron Hall that confirm Hall is departing NBC and MSNBC for good in light of the network shake-up. The email from NBC was internal, and the network will likely put out another for the general public. Hall allegedly gave no notice and is done.
“Tamron Hall will be leaving NBC News and MSNBC when her contract expires this month. Yesterday was her last day as an anchor on both networks. Tamron is an exceptional journalist, we valued and enjoyed her work at Today and MSNBC and hoped that she would decide to stay. We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but we wish her all the best.”
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But even though Hall was offered more money to stay with the network, she has decided to leave. She has given no specific reason why or any suggestion of where she will be going.
“The last ten years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m grateful. I’m also very excited about the next chapter. To all my great colleagues, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you.”
People Magazine has confirmed that Tamron Hall’s contract with NBC and MSNBC doesn’t expire until next month, but she is leaving immediately, even in light of contract negotiations that would have given her a big raise. Sources say that Hall was offered a multi-year, multi-million dollar raise to stay, but she is choosing to leave.
This news comes less than a week after the announcement that Megyn Kelly was being given the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show, which was hosted up until now by Al Roker and Tamron Hall. It is unclear if Kelly will take the third hour, the fourth hour, or both, but Hall was disappointed, and so were fans who took to Twitter with their thoughts.
Others are suggesting that NBC is trying to whitewash the Today show.
Many others have said that if Tamron Hall goes, then they go with her, as they will no longer watch the Today show.
NBC is saying that Al Roker will continue to host the third hour of Today at least until the fall when the new line-up will be announced.
What do you think of Tamron Hall’s exit from NBC and Today? Will you continue to watch?
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