Numerous sources say NBC Today Show host Tamron Hall left the network immediately following news that Megyn Kelly would be taking over the 9 a.m. hour.
Hall’s last day at NBC was Tuesday, and she left without announcing her departure on-air.
The decision by NBC has stirred quite a bit of controversy on the Internet. Although NBC made a public statement saying they wanted Hall to stay, some on Twitter and social media are questioning why a white female who anchored at FOX is replacing the first African American woman to ever host the Today Show.
— ??Dawn #Resist?? (@dawnstotlar) January 28, 2017
What a sorry send-off for the 1st female black co-anchor of the Today Show! Shame on you! She deserves much better than that! #TamronHall
— Tammy Darnell (@Austintammy4) February 2, 2017
— skeptical brotha (@skepticalbrotha) February 2, 2017
— Lisa Fasolo Frishman (@Lisamff) January 29, 2017
According to Breitbart, The National Association of Black Journalists has demanded a meeting with NBC executives following the decision.
“The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is saddened by Tamron Hall’s departure from NBC. She broke ground as the first black female Today Show cohost and was enjoying ratings success alongside Al Roker during the show’s third hour of programming,” the group wrote in a statement, Breitbart reports. “NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.”
Page Six reports they had an exclusive interview with a source at 30 Rock who said, “Tamron was offered a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal to stay at the ‘Today’ show and she turned it down.” The insider went on to tell Page Six, “People inside NBC were shocked. They expected her to stay.”
Hall co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour of the Today Show with Al Roker. Roker wished Hall the best on-air following her departure and, according to CNN Money, will continue to host Today’s Take until Megyn Kelly’s new show takes over.
In a statement released by NBC, Hall said “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.”
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