Tamron Hall has opened up about losing the coveted Today Show perch to Megyn Kelly.
Hall, who worked at NBC for seven years as a co-anchor, revealed that she felt slighted when the network decided to give Kelly her own show, despite Hall’s dedication to the company and the time she spent filling in on signature news programs.
“My whole life, if there was a job application, I was the one saying, ‘Put me in the room. I’m going to get that job,’” Hall revealed to People magazine on Wednesday, May 22. “So then to sit on the other side of the table and hard-sell yourself to keep your job? The last week I was on ‘Today,’ I filled in for Savannah Guthrie, who’d gone on maternity leave. I filled in for Lester Holt all while I was doing my MSNBC show plus shooting Deadline Crime.”
She added: “So I’m putting in all the work, and then I’m told, ‘It doesn’t matter that you came in every time we called. We want something else.’ I wasn’t that ‘something else.’”
The journalist left NBC News in February 2017, just one month after the network announced Kelly’s new show, Megyn Kelly Today. NBC canceled Hall and Al Roker’s show, Today’s Take, in the 9 a.m. hour to pave the way for Kelly.
Although Hall was disappointed with how things ultimately turned out, she isn’t upset with the former Fox News host.
“Let me be clear, I have no ill will toward Megyn,” she explained. “They made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. And they made me an offer I could refuse. But afterward, after 25 years in the business, I felt some of the offers that were coming in were insulting.”
The journalist will star in and executive produce Tamron Hall, which is set to premiere in September.