Tamron Hall has relayed a warm message to her co-workers when she announced that she is leaving NBC News to join another media company. However, rumors have surfaced that Hall was forced to leave because she is getting replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, a white woman.
A number of people and some advocacy groups, including the National Association of Black Journalists, wondered whether NBC News asked Hall to leave in order to whitewash the "Today" show. Hall's co-host in the "Today" show, Al Roker, is also being replaced.
To address the issue, NBC News expressed willingness to enter into a discussion with the National Association of Black Journalists, Journal-Isms reported. The media company touted that it has always been a champion of diversity and it believes in holding talks about the issue with advocacy groups.
The National Association of Black Journalists took an issue on Hall's departure because she is the first black female "Today" show co-host, BET reported. The advocacy group also noted that ratings do not seem to be the problem since the show has been a rating success with Hall and Roker acting as its co-hosts.
The National Association of Black Journalists also pointed out that Kelly has been known to make offensive remarks against minorities. The advocacy group is hoping to clear matters with NBC News by holding a dialogue.
NBC News denied forcing Hall to leave. The media company said it has every intention to make Hall stay, with a person familiar with the matter disclosing that the "Today" co-host was offered a multimillion-dollar contract to remain with the media company. However, it was Hall who decided to leave.
Hall does not appear to hold a grudge against NBC News based on her recent social media posts. She has thanked her fans for the support and encouraged them to donate to charity groups. Jobs & Hire previously reported that Roker wished for Hall's success when the news of her departure broke out.