A week after it was confirmed that Tamron Hall walked away from NBC’s TODAY show, PEOPLE Magazine published a report that sheds light on why she refused a new multi-million dollar deal. Hall left after learning that incoming former Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who is joining the network in September, would be taking over her 9am slot.
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Sources told the publication that after working at NBC and its sister station MSNBC for a decade, Hall was furious and offended that she was losing her high profile role to Kelly. She also looked at the situation as a “demotion.”
“She wasn’t going to settle for sitting on the sidelines,” one of Hall’s source told the publication.
In addition, Hall’s good friend and TV writer-producer Mara Brock Akil told PEOPLE, “She basically said thank you, but no thank you.” She added: “Tamron’s a woman of integrity and she’s writing her own story.”
(Apparently, Brock Akil used Hall as the muse for Gabrielle Union’s career-driven character on the hit BET show Being Mary Jane.)
No one can really blame Hall for feeling a way about being pushed aside for Kelly.
As we previously reported, the white conservative journalist has been a controversial media figure, spending the past 12 years on Fox News race baiting, downplaying the need for feminism and spewing homophobic rhetoric on-air. During her tenure at the problematic cable news network, she blamed Sandra Bland’s death on her own noncompliance to a traffic violation arrest; called former First Lady Michelle Obama a whiner for speaking about racism; and even assured children that Santa is really white.
Hall was the first Black woman to co-host the TODAY show in its 65-year history and was honored to be offered the job in 2014.
“My mother called me and said ‘You know I was reading somewhere that you will be the first black woman to host the Today show ever’… I just started crying,” Hall told PEOPLE in a past interview. “With all the adversities, there I was accomplishing something beyond anything that I imagined.”
“I know it’s rare to have a single black woman on morning TV. I love my job and the relationship I have with the viewers.” she added.
Whatever the future holds for Hall, we know that it will be bright and prosperous. You make us proud Tamron!