Have you noticed one special person has been missing from the Today show cast lately? Interestingly, longtime co-host Natalie Morales is no longer on the program — so, we’re bringing you all the details on Natalie’s exit from the show following Matt Lauer’s abrupt firing. Scroll down to see.
When did Natalie leave the Today show?
It was announced in May 2016 that Natalie would be exiting Today because she and her family — she’s a mom to two boys with husband Joseph Rhodes! — were moving from NYC to LA. “[My family and I] have long talked about perhaps moving to the West Coast where the sun is always shining,” Natalie said at the time. “It’s going to be a good change of pace, a good lifestyle.”
Natalie on Today in 2016.
What is she doing now?
Since leaving the Big Apple behind, Natalie has been working as the new host of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. She also serves as a West Coast Today anchor and still often appears on the morning program thankfully!
Why did she leave Today?
Last year, In Touch Weekly revealed Natalie’s Today departure was really due to bad blood with Tamron Hall (who has since left the show following Megyn Kelly’s hiring). “Natalie and her co-anchor Tamron Hall do not get along, and it was becoming a strain on the show,” a show insider told the magazine.
“When NBC found out [about their feud], they immediately granted her request to transfer to LA,” the source added. “Now she’s looking forward to putting the drama in the past.”
When did Natalie previously start on the Today show?
After years of working as a TV journalist for various media outlets, Natalie joined the Today team in 2006 as a national correspondent. She was later named a co-anchor of the morning program’s third hour in March 2008. In May 2011, Natalie officially replaced Ann Curry as the Today news anchor.
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I love seeing my beautiful sister at heart @nmoralesNBC in her gorgeous new home and sharing the most delectable dinner that she cooked for us (SuperSTAR). In a week of many hours and lots of heartbreak, it is so good for the soul to see my true dear friend. Love you Nat. Thanks for hosting us.
Is Natalie still friends with her Today show co-hosts from the East Coast?
It seems so! Natalie and Savannah Guthrie reunited for a fun Instagram photo in early October. Savannah captioned the pic, “I love seeing my beautiful sister at heart @nmoralesNBC in her gorgeous new home and sharing the most delectable dinner that she cooked for us (SuperSTAR). In a week of many hours and lots of heartbreak, it is so good for the soul to see my true dear friend. Love you Nat. Thanks for hosting us.” It’s so good to see them together again!