Tamron Hall reportedly left NBC after having her top-rated show canceled to make way for former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
Page Six reports:
Hall’s relationship with NBC soured when the network canceled her top-rated morning show “Today’s Take,” which she co-hosted with Al Roker, to create a slot for Kelly. Hall found out she was being ousted minutes before she went on air last Friday. “She was devastated to get the news. It was almost an Ann Curry moment live again on TV. It was surreal,” another insider told us.
Staffers have been buzzing about Andy Lack’s decision to replace “Today’s” first black female anchor with Kelly.
“Tamron doesn’t know Megyn, but of course it’s insulting. Her show was beating Kelly Ripa and ‘Nightly News’ would rate well when she would fill in for Lester Holt. It was a very tense few days for everyone. There was a lot of crying,” the source added. “Tamron never wanted this fight, but she was ready for it. No deal would stop her from standing up after Roker posted their successful ratings [on Twitter].”
Kelly isn’t scheduled to start work at NBC until September, but it looks like Hall refused to be on television looking like a lame duck. Reports say that NBC offered Hall a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal to at least stay on the TODAY show, which she co-hosts, but she still turned them down.
Hall issued a statement on her decision saying, “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.”