Natalie Morales: Is She Leaving the Today Show?

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Is Natalie Morales leaving the Today Show? The New York Post says she's presently looking for another position in the TV news world, and that once she does, she will likely leave Today. It's the reason behind her wanting to depart that is as big a story, however.

Sources tell the New York Post that there is quite a power struggle going on at Today between Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales, and the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness. Don't forget that Natalie Morales has been at Today since 2006 in her role as national correspondent. She has been passed over several times for one of the top anchor spots--the most recent being when Savannah Guthrie was named as the replacement for Ann Curry. It seems Turness hasn't spoken to Morales in months and is now looking to promote Tamron Hall into a bigger Today Show role.

"There’s a lot of tension. Natalie and Tamron are competitive, and there was a big blowup in October between the two. Deborah has an issue with Natalie and has sided with Tamron. There has been zero communication between Deborah and Natalie for a long period of time. It’s the talk of NBC staff," the source explains.

Today Show executive producer Don Nash says none of this is true, however.

“This is total nonsense. As the Today Show continues to gain momentum, it sounds like someone is trying to stir up trouble that doesn’t exist," he says. "Natalie Morales is valued by everyone at the news division from the top down, and her future is with the Today Show and NBC News.”

It seems there is always some angst at the Today Show. For months after Ann Curry's departure, Matt Lauer was known as the 'bad guy.' Since that issue has simmered down, this new one has cropped up.

Do you think there is really an issue between Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall? And if so, is it bad enough for Natalie to leave the show? Or do you think this is just the latest saga in the Today Show soap opera instead?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.