There's been a lot of rumors over how Megyn Kelly's hiring at NBC would affect the network's daytime programming and who would potentially find themselves pushed aside in favor of her, and now, reports have surfaced that Tamron Hall has left the network after being 'blindsided' by the news that her segment with Al Roker on Today would be getting the boot.
News initially broke last week that Hall and Roker's "Today's Take" hour was being dropped from the morning lineup in order to make room for a Kelly show, which is not set to fall under the Today banner. At the time, it was stated that neither Hall nor Roker would be leaving the network.
However, now, Hall has exited the network, abruptly ending her time there with her last day on air being Tuesday, Jan. 31, and reports claim that her decision to leave was because she was "blindsided" by the news that her hour with Roker was being pulled in favor of a new program featuring Kelly only "minutes before going on the air on Friday."
"She was a wreck in commercial breaks and couldn't believe the company would tell her just before going live on MSNBC," a source told Us Weekly. "It was especially surprising after receiving an email of praise from the co-executive producer just days before about how they were #1 in the ratings for 7 weeks in a row."
Both NBC and Hall have since released statements about her departure, with NBC confirming that her last day with them was on Jan. 31, and that they had hoped she would have chosen to stay with them, but they wished her all the best.
Hall's statement reflected on her 10 years with the network and expressly informed her co-workers she would miss them and be "rooting for them."
The network has not yet determined where Kelly's new show would fall during the morning show lineup, though it has been reported as being given either a 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. lineup. Until a new lineup takes over in the fall, Roker will continue to host the third hour of the Today show programming.