by Kwin Mosby
February 3, 2017
We’re all in our feelings this week, especially after Tamron Hall made a surprising exit from NBC’s Today Show. Last month, the peacock network revealed plans to bring former Fox News host Megyn Kelly into its morning lineup, bumping Hall and Al Roker from the 9 a.m. slot. Roker will continue his stint as weatherman from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Hall surprised her colleagues by rejecting a multi-million-dollar deal even though the hour’s ratings were up, according to Huffington Post. Of course, rumors have been swirling that she thought being replaced by Kelly was offensive and hurtful. We mean, wouldn’t you?
And now the National Association of Black Journalists has issued a statement requesting a meeting with network execs to discuss Hall’s departure. In a statement, the organization says, the replacement is “being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing,” and that “Kelly has a well-documented history of offensive remarks regarding people of color.”
— NABJ Headquarters (@NABJ) February 2, 2017
There’s been no response from NBC about the request yet, but NABJ says it looks forward to “dialogue and resolve regarding Black journalists and their continuing roles at NBC both in front and behind the camera.”
And what about our girl? Hall seems to be doing OK based on a short video posted on Twitter yesterday. She’s seen praising her fans for their support while she cleans out her closet for a worthy cause.
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) February 2, 2017
The 46 year-old anchor/reporter broke ground as the first Black female Today co-host when she was promoted to the position in 2014. She had been with MSNBC since 2007, according to BlackAmericaWeb.com.
Don’t sleep on Miss Tamron. We know she’s on to bigger and better things, continuing to work her black girl magic… that’s for sure.
TELL US: What do you think about Tamron Hall’s departure from the Today Show?