The former NBC host is living her “best life” and is partnering with ABC for a new show.
Tamron Hall responded on Thursday afternoon to the outpouring of support she’s received on social media as fans reignited calls for her return to NBC after Megyn Kelly’s recent comments on blackface.
Kelly has received swift and widespread backlash after she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes during a segment on “Megyn Kelly Today” this week.
But many on social media have used the incident as an opportunity to call attention to Hall, who left NBC and MSNBC last year. Hall, the first black female “Today” show co-host, worked alongside Al Roker on the 9 a.m. hour, before the slot was eventually replaced with Kelly.
In 2017, both Hall and NBC announced Hall’s departure following news that Kelly, a former Fox News host, would be joining the morning lineup for the fall of that year.
The shakeup sparked a lot of controversy at the time. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) said in a statement that the move to place Kelly in the 9 a.m. hour was “seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.”
Many on social media agreed:
NABJ also called attention to Kelly’s history of making racially offensive remarks. The statement pointed to one example in which she once accused former first lady Michelle Obama of pandering to a “culture of victimization,” for her 2015 commencement speech on racial inequality at Tuskegee University.
The journalism organization had also criticized the move citing reports of Hall and Roker’s healthy ratings at the network. Viewership for that hour slot has also reportedly faltered since the shakeup, as The Wall Street Journal reported back in April.