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Why Tamron Hall Was Called Insensitive after Firing 20 Employees from Her Show

Afouda Fortune
Jul 02, 2020
04:30 A.M.

Former MSNBC anchor and co-anchor on the Today show, Tamron Hall tagged "tone deaf" after twenty employees on her self-titled daytime talk show lose their jobs.

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On June 25th, Twenty employees at the "Tamron Hall Show" were reportedly fired. According to Daily Mail, the employees ranging from senior producers to audience teams were informed via phone call that their contracts would not be renewed as the show prepares for the production of its second season.

Tamron Hall at the Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images

Tamron Hall at the Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images

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A source revealed to the news outlet that the layoff took place a day after Tamron updated her Instagram page with a photo of her at the beach alongside the caption,

"First date night since... finding the light when it seems darkness is all around. A drink in hand does help lol #facts."

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The source expressed disappointment in the situation, especially during this period, saying, "What really sucks is Tamron is earning millions of dollars a year, yet these team members aren't. Why couldn't she take a pay cut?"

Tamron recalled her exit from the "Today Show" in 2017 and its impact on her TV series, which has been renewed for a second season.

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At the time of Daily Mail's reportage, the show's Instagram page had shared a video featuring the TV host making comfort food with Carla Hall without any remarks on the matter.

Commenting on the issue, the show's spokesperson told the outlet that the accusation was not entirely true as the show only chose to end its contract with a few employees, and their efforts towards the success of the TV series are appreciated.

A couple of days after Daily Mail breaks the announcement, Page Six shared that the daytime show production team welcomed on board a few producers that were poached from "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

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According to the outlet, the team expansion came after renowned TV producer and Oprah alum, Candi Carter joined the daytime show in March.

Variety had reported Carter's new role as Executive producer when her resumption was announced. The article shares that when the longtime producer commented on the news, she praised Hall's journalism skills and expressed her excitement on the new gig.

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In a chat with Hollywood Reporter in June, Tamron recalled her exit from the "Today Show" in 2017 and its impact on her TV series, which has been renewed for a second season.

The outlet notes that the mother of one became a household name in broadcasting as the first black woman to co-anchor the morning talk show since it first aired in 1952.

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