We knew this was coming.
And now it’s official — Tamron Hall — who my coworker always describes as a “low-key babe” — is leaving NBC and MSNBC.
She’s reportedly leaving to make space for Megyn Kelly in the “TODAY Show’s” third hour.
But also, her contract is up. So she’s out of there.
“I don’t think it hurt to have some people of color on Today,” a TV industry source told The Mirror.
“Tamron is an exceptional journalist, we valued and enjoyed her work at Today and MSNBC and hoped that she would decide to stay,” NBC News said in a statement. “We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but we wish her all the best.”
Hall made an interesting confession in 2016 when Prince died. She was close personal friends with him and spoke with him often. He even used one of her selfies on one of his singles. WHO KNEW?
At the time, she confessed that Prince gave her advice on her looks and her wardrobe. He even once told her to fill in her eyebrows.
Sadly, we won’t see more of her fashion, solid interviews and occasional tough talk.
Her last day was Tuesday.
TV One’s Roland Martin, who has known her for 20 years, weighed in on Hall’s departure. He called this a “blow” for black journalists. He also said he expects her back on the air quickly.
“She is a native of Fort Worth and I’m from Houston, so us Texans always stick together,” he said when asked for comment. “She worked at the TV station in Bryan-College Station where I interned; we both worked for media outlets in Dallas at the same time; and then were at media outlets in Chicago together. And of course, we are both NABJ members. I’m saddened to see her leave NBC. She welcomed me on her MSNBC show and we always had great times on the air. As a Black journalist who has long fought for ethnic inclusion on-air and behind the camera, losing her voice is a big blow. There is no doubt that she is an asset to any company that brings her on and I look forward to seeing her dogged questioning and high wattage smile on the air soon.”