Tamron Hall Exits NBC and MSNBC

The 'Today' anchor most recently co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour with Al Roker.

Tamron Hall is leaving NBC and MSNBC, the network's news division announced Wednesday.

"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."

Her last day on both networks was Tuesday. Her contract with NBC News expires this month.

"The last 10 years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m grateful," Hall said in a statement. "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.”

The news is no surprise given that Today, where Hall served as a co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour with Al Roker, is about to undergo a major upheaval to make room for Megyn Kelly. Kelly departed her longtime home of Fox News last month for a lucrative deal at NBC News that includes her own daytime show as well as a Sunday night news magazine. 

Last week, news broke that Kelly would likely take over one hour of Today's four-hour programming block, either moving current hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb up an hour to 9 a.m., or taking the spot most recently occupied by Hall and Roker.

NBC News confirmed the upcoming changes in its statement about Hall's departure, saying that Roker will continue to co-host the 9 a.m. hour until a new morning lineup begins in the fall. 

Hall's departure from Today's weekday lineup follows the 2016 exits of Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and most recently Billy Bush. Morales exited her day-to-day role on Today to serve as co-host of Access Hollywood. (She continues to appear on Today as the program's West Coast anchor.) Geist, who also co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour, left to focus on Today's revamped Sunday edition, which he now anchors. Ex-Access Hollywood co-host Bush was brought in as Geist's replacement beginning with the morning show's Summer Olympics coverage. Bush exited NBC News altogether in the fall after the Washington Post leaked a video in which he engaged in a lewd conversation with now-President Donald Trump back in 2005. Bush was suspended by Today after the video surfaced and exited altogether weeks later.

Hall's departure comes after a decade at NBC and MSNBC. On the latter network, she co-hosted The Big Picture before going on to host two of her own shows, NewsNation With Tamron Hall and Deadline Crime With Tamron Hall. She joined Today in 2014. During her tenure, Hall won an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy in 2010 as part of NBC News' inauguration coverage. Before joining NBC and MSNBC, she worked for Chicago's Fox affiliate.