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Natalie Morales is leaving NBC News to join the controversial CBS show “The Talk,” an insider told Page Six.
On Friday, Morales sent an email to NBC staff announcing that she was leaving the network “for an exciting new opportunity” after more than two decades with the Peacock Network.
“How do you start to say thank you for 22 great years? I’m having a hard time finding the right words and there are way too many people to thank for a great career with NBC News,” Morales said in the email obtained by Page Six.
“I think back to my early days when I cut my teeth at [NBC-owned local network] WVIT in Hartford, CT, then took the huge—and then terrifying leap to MSNBC and sadly—scoring the gold tickets to the “Today Show” and “Dateline.” Never in a million years have I imagined this when I dreamed of what I wanted to be when I grew up,” she wrote.
Morales was rocked back and forth for years at 30 Rock — most notably landing on acting as a newscaster on the “Today” show during the Matt Lauer years. In 2016 she left ‘Today’ and went to the West Coast to… anchor the network’s “Access Hollywood” news magazine. Former “Extra” host Mario Lopez eventually replaced her on “Access”, but she stayed with NBC as the West Coast anchor of “Today” and correspondent for “Dateline.”
“It’s very hard to say goodbye to my ‘Dateline’ and ‘Today’ show families… and we all know in this business that it’s never goodbye, but goodbye. I am eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will continue no matter where our paths lead. I have so much to be thankful for and for everyone who has helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos,” she said in the email.
She will continue to appear on “Dateline” until the end of the year, and “Today” will give her a “good goodbye in the air” in the coming weeks, we’re told.
Meanwhile, her new home, the popular CBS chat show the “Talk”, has been left in motion after an on-air racing led to the ousting of co-host Sharon Osbourne and another star, Elaine Welteroth, too announced her departure.
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