Why Tamron Hall Left the ‘Today’ Show and What We Know About Her New Show

It is often said that if life gives you lemons, then you should turn them into lemonade. Considering how Tamron Hall left the Today show, she is surely living by this precept. The seasoned journalist first endeared herself to American audiences during a ten-year stint on NBC. Hall’s show was later unceremoniously canned but she did not despair.

The courageous media personality moved on to debut her own talk show. So, what are the details of Hall’s new show and what prompted her to leave the Today show in the first place? All these and more of your questions are answered below.

Background Information

Tamron Hall was born on the 16th of September 1970 in Luling, Texas. Her mother’s name is Mary Newton while her stepfather’s name is Clarence Newton Sr. The broadcast journalist also had a sister named Renate but she, unfortunately, lost her life as a result of domestic violence. Hall grew up in Texas and completed her high school diploma there. She then attended Temple University and obtained a degree in broadcast journalism in 1992. Upon graduation, Hall returned to Texas and commenced her career as a reporter for KBTX. She went on to work at other stations, such as KTVT and WFLD-TV, before making a berth at NBC.

Why Tamron Hall Left The Today Show?

The widely-acclaimed television host joined MSNBC and NBC News in 2007. She initially started out as a general assignment reporter before being upgraded to the status of a fill-in anchor. In 2014, Hall was appointed as one of the hosts of the third hour of the Today show and consequently made history as the first black lady to host the show.

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The TV host spent a total of three years on the Today show (2014-2017) before her co-host, Al Roker, announced that she would be leaving the network. NBC later released a statement, describing Hall as an exceptional journalist whose work they valued and enjoyed. They regretted that she had chosen to leave but wished her well in her future endeavors. Hall, on her own part, described her decade-long run at NBC as “beyond imagination”. She expressed her gratefulness for the opportunity and disclosed that she would miss her colleagues.

So, what prompted the Texas native to leave her plum job? The reason Tamron Hall left the Today show is simply Megyn Kelly. In January 2017, rumors started swirling that the popular Fox host would be getting her own show on NBC. The rumor mill also had it that Kelly was set to take over the 9am slot (belonging to Hall and Roker) or the 10am slot (belonging to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb). Kelly eventually took over the 9am slot but Hall resigned even before that happened. Another reason Tamron Hall left the Today show is that she felt heartbroken by the fact that her employers wanted to phase her out. According to her, it was like being in a relationship where you gave 100% and the party who was putting in less still had the nerve to break up with you.

Tamron Hall
Hall and singer, Fantasia Barrino, on the set of her new show, Tamron image source

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What We Know About Tamron Hall’s New Show

After Tamron Hall left the Today show, she went through a period of despondency and self-doubts and questioned which direction her career would now take. She later realized that she was so much more than just Tamron from the Today show. This awareness gave Hall the impetus to debut her own talk show, titled Tamron Hall. This new venture is patterned after daytime greats such as Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue and is rooted in enhanced audience participation. The show will feature in-depth, compelling and informative conversations. It will also cover a variety of topics such as the latest fashion trends, parenting troubles, marital struggles and more.

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Tamron Hall will vary slightly from regular daytime talk shows in that it will be a mixture of live episodes, as well as shows taped in advance. Audiences will also have a chance to weigh in on what’s happening in the world while celebrity guests will drop in to share their stories. The show’s producers include Bill Geddi (co-creator of The View) and Talia Parkinson-Jones (former executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show). Tamron’s new show debuted on the 9th of September 2019 and is available in 47, out of the top 50 syndicated markets.

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