This is Today, but it might not be Natalie Morales’ tomorrow. The longtime co-host of the NBC morning program is reportedly looking to leave the popular news show, according to Page Six. The alleged reason for her exit — fellow host Tamron Hall.
Page Six reports that Morales and Hall have been locked in a “power struggle” with NBC News President Deborah Turness. Morales, who joined Today in 2006, has failed to land the top anchor spot in the years since.
Savannah Guthrie became the replacement for Ann Curry in 2012 after the latter was pushed out after just a year on the job in an emotional exit. Now that a new anchor position is opening up, Page Six notes that Morales, once again, is being bypassed for the role. Find out more details about the power struggle.
President Turness is, instead, considering Hall for the role. Hall was named co-host on Today in February.
“There’s a lot of tension,” an NBC source told Page Six. “Natalie and Tamron are competitive, and there was a big blowup in October between the two. Deborah has an issue with Natalie and has sided with Tamron. There has been zero communication between Deborah and Natalie for a long period of time. It’s the talk of NBC staff.”
The site also notes that Morales’ rep is looking for new opportunities for her, potentially as the host of a talk show.
Executive producer Don Nash made a statement to Page Six, noting, “This is total nonsense. As the Today show continues to gain momentum, it sounds like someone is trying to stir up trouble that doesn’t exist. Natalie Morales is valued by everyone at the news division from the top down, and her future is with the Today show and NBC News.”