Tamron Hall’s self-titled daytime talk show premiered Monday, with the journalist detailing the backstage drama surrounding her departure from Today.
“I go into work one day. I left fired. ‘Demoted’ I guess is what they called it. I called it fired,” Hall told the studio audience.
At the time, she was co-hosting Today’s Take, the third hour of Today with Al Roker and Willie Geist. NBC canceled the show in 2017 to make way for a new hour with Megyn Kelly after she left Fox News.
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On today's show @TamronHall shared what happened after shoe lost her last job… She really goes there! pic.twitter.com/5T5epZqP0J
— Tamron Hall Show (@TamronHallShow) September 9, 2019
Hall said she was snapped by photographers as she left NBC the day of her demotion. While she was impeccably dressed and smiled, she said she was miserable.
“It didn’t matter what I looked like on the outside. Inside, I was falling apart. I had worked since I was 14,” she recalled.
Hall praised Roker, Geist, and Savannah Guthrie, saying they were her “Today Show family who called me and rooted for me on this journey.”
Kelly left NBC in 2018, after making racially insensitive remarks about using blackface for Halloween costumes. She departed with the remainder of her $69 million contract.