Tamron Hall Finally Talks Being Replaced by Megyn Kelly on NBC's ‘Today’
Two years after being replaced with Megyn Kelly on NBC’s “Today,” new mom Tamron Hall opened up about her feelings leaving the network and her decade-long job, while she gets ready to launch a new talk show on ABC in the fall.
Tamron Hall was one of the most respected hosts on “Today,” where she shared duties with Al Roker on “Today’s Take,” the third hour of the morning talk show.
So, when her departure from NBC was announced in 2017, fans were understandably shocked.
"Let me be clear, I have no ill will toward Megyn."
FEELING REJECTED AND DISRESPECTED
“The last week I was on ‘Today,’ I filled in for Savannah Guthrie, who’d gone on maternity leave. I filled in for Lester Holt all while I was doing my MSNBC show plus shooting ‘Deadline Crime.’ So I’m putting in all the work, and then I’m told, ‘It doesn’t matter that you came in every time we called. We want something else.’ I wasn’t that ‘something else.'”
Hall left NBC News and MSNBC in February 2017. She recalled that the day she walked out of that building she was in a fog, “not knowing that so many of us lose things we think are important, and we have no idea that something better is right there.”
Despite how things went down, Tamron emphasized she doesn’t blame Kelly for being her replacement.
“Let me be clear, I have no ill will toward Megyn,” she said. “They made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. And they made me an offer I could refuse.”
Megyn was eventually fired from NBC after defending the use of blackface on Halloween costumes.
Although Tamron received offers from other networks after leaving NBC, she said that with 25 years in the business, some of the offers were “insulting.”
“Like, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve been doing this a long time, and you’re coming to me with these odd little things?’” she said. “I felt like, ‘Wow, I’ve put in all this work thinking the right thing will come.’ Well, it was June, and the right thing had not come.”
BETTER THINGS TO COME
However, as Hall got used to her new reality after losing what she considered back then, “the most important thing in her life,” things soon to a turn for the better.
“I’m from the South, and there’s a saying: ‘It’s not a setback; it’s a setup for something else.’ That loss set me up for, yes, a dream job but also my baby, my husband, my family. I just couldn’t see it coming.”
Hall married music manager Steven Green along the way, although she never shared the news with fans. It was last March that she told the world about her husband and being 32 weeks pregnant with her first child at 48.
She welcomed son Moses on April 24 and couldn’t be happier about it.
Hall will also make her big return to TV with “The Tamron Hall Show” in ABC on September 9, 2019.