‘The Talk’ Officially Welcomes Natalie Morales as Co-Host

LOS ANGELES, USA. January 05, 2020: Natalie Morales arriving at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel — Photo by Featureflash/Deposit Photos

Natalie Morales will officially take a seat at The Talk on Oct. 11, as the show’s newest co-host.

The CBS daytime show made the announcement on Monday’s episode, as co-host Sheryl Underwood introduced the former Today show correspondent during a virtual conversation.

“I’ve got to say, it was the warmest welcome,” Morales told her new colleagues. “You guys have embraced me with such open arms and I love chatting with each of you. As you all know, I had an incredible relationship [with NBC] — almost as long as I’ve been married. I’ve been married 23 years, I was at NBC for 22 years.”

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Morales, 49, previously worked as an anchor and reporter at NBC-owned WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. She joined MSNBC as an anchor and correspondent in 2002, and became a national correspondent for Today in 2006. In 2016, she headed to Los Angeles to host NBC’s entertainment show Access and to serve as a West Coast anchor for Today. She left Access and returned full-time to news in 2019. On Oct. 1, NBC announced she was leaving the network.

Morales joins The Talk after a recent flurry of changes and controversies at the daytime show. In August, Carrie Ann Inaba officially announced her exit from the show. Days later, Elaine Welteroth said she was leaving after co-hosting for one season. Sharon Osbourne left the show in March, following a heated and racially-charged debate with Underwood.

As previously reported in July, actor Jerry O’Connell joined the show as its first male co-host followed by the announcement of a second male co-host, former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, last month.