WATCH: Al Roker Addresses Tamron Hall’s Departure from ‘Today’ as Megyn Kelly Moves In
According to Deadline, Hall decided to leave NBC after she learned that Kelly (formerly of Fox News) would take over the third hour of Today that Hall co-hosted with Roker. NBC News issued the official statement yesterday (Feb. 1, 2017), saying that Tuesday was her last day on the program.
“Tamron is an exceptional journalist, we valued and enjoyed her work at TODAY and MSNBC and hoped that she would decide to stay,” read the statement. “We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but we wish her all the best.”
Hall added, “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.”
Roker will continue to co-host Today’s Take at 9 a.m. weekdays until a new morning lineup starts in Fall 2017. He spoke out about the programming shake-up on Thursday’s show.
“Personally, Tamron has been not just a co-host here on Today’s Take for the past three years but a good friend — and not just to me, to all of us here. We want to wish her nothing but the best, much continued success and cannot wait to see what her next chapter is.”
A source told People that Hall was offered a “brand-new deal — a very, very good deal,” and Roker will remain under his long-term contract.
Watch Roker’s address to Hall in the video at the top of the page.