Natalie Morales, a journalist for the Today Show, announced her plans to leave NBC News on Friday, sparking speculation about her future. Morales is set to join CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk, which has undergone major changes in recent months, according to sources. Carrie Ann Inaba and Elaine Welteroth both announced their departures before Season 12 began in September, after Sharon Osbourne was fired from the show in March. Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila took over for Osbourne and Inaba, respectively. “We need to save the show after Sharon Osbourne’s disastrous exit,” a source close to The Talk told The Daily Mail on Friday. “Natalie is a well-known news personality, and her gravitas can assist us in turning The Talk around. Morales joining the show would give them the “opportunity to float and fix a sinking ship,” according to another source. ” CBS declined to comment on the story. Morales announced her plans to leave NBC News after 22 years in a statement to her NBC News colleagues on Friday afternoon. She’ll be on Dateline until the end of the current season, and her final Today Show appearance has yet to be announced. Morales was “offered an opportunity she’s passionate about,” according to executive producer Tom Mazzarelli. “
“It’s very difficult to say goodbye… and we all know in this business, it’s never goodbye but see you later,” Morales said on Friday. “I will be eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that have developed over the years, regardless of where our paths may lead.” I’m grateful for so many things, including each and every one of you who helped me get here… many thanks, my friends. Morales joined the NBC News family when she was hired by WVIT-TV in Harford, Connecticut. She joined MSNBC in 2002 before moving to Today in 2006. She moved to Los Angeles after the 2016 Summer Olympics and became Today’s West Coast anchor. If she joins The Talk, she won’t have to relocate to New York because the show is shot at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California.
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