She lost her co-anchoring gig on Today when NBC replaced her with Megyn Kelly, but don’t cry for Tamron Hall. “They use the phrase ‘infotainment,'” she exclusively told Closer Weekly — in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now! — of the morning show at The Paley Center for Media Presents True Crime, the ID Way event recently held in NYC.

The journalist prefers covering crimes for the cable network Investigation Discovery. “It makes me feel real,” Tamron, whose sister was murdered in 2004 (the case remains unsolved) said. “It doesn’t make me feel like I’m in some fake bubble of a life.”

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She added that she gets recognized more for her work on ID than she ever did for Today. “I was in Colombia and all these women kept saying, ‘Crime Lady, Crime Lady!’” she recalled with a laugh. “I felt like black Angie Dickinson!”

Since Tamron left Today in February 2017, she’s been excited to focus on her new work opportunities, including hosting her own daytime talk show with ABC. “I couldn’t be more humbled to return to daytime television backed by such a phenomenal team at an iconic company. The best daytime TV is the kind where you listen before you talk, and with my partners at Disney/ABC, that’s what we’ll deliver next fall,” she said in statement.

Janice Marinelli, president of Global Content Sales and Distribution, Direct-to-Consumer and International of The Walt Disney Company was also overjoyed to have Tamron join the company. “We are incredibly excited to partner with Tamron and look forward to bringing a fresh, new daytime talk show to stations across the country that will showcase her enormous talent and dynamic personality,” she said.

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Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Stations Group added via a network statement, “Tamron is refreshingly authentic and approachable. She genuinely cares about people, their struggles and their triumphs. We know she’ll connect with our audiences in a personal and positive way.” Congratulations, Tamron!

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