Former “Today” anchor Tamron Hall will return to daytime TV but on a different network.
Hall has secured a deal to host her own ABC talk show after getting blindsided and replaced by Megyn Kelly, Variety reports.
“I’m so thrilled to partner with Disney ABC to create a daytime television show that’s unconventional, fun, intimate and sometimes even raw,” said Hall, in a prepared statement.
“My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I’ve built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they’ll join us for the ride. I’m so grateful and excited for this next chapter. The landing makes the leap of faith so worth it!”
The new syndicated talk show could be ready in early 2019, according to reports. Hall left NBC’s Today show after it was announced that Kelly would be coming into the Today Show and displacing Hall from her third-hour slot.
The network expressed disappointment that Hall had decided to leave, and they reportedly even offered her millions of dollars to stay with them, but Hall left all the same.
A source close to Hall told People that the decision was made to leave because Hall was blindsided by the move to replace her and saw it as a demotion.
“Just a few days before all of this happened, she received an email [from an exec] congratulating the team for being number one,” the source said. “Then all of a sudden, it was like it vanished: Megyn Kelly is coming onboard, and who’s going to have to move? Tamron. That’s who.”
Because Hall had not been offered anything comparable to make up for losing her highest profile role, she saw the move as a demotion and was hurt, which contributed to her decision to walk away.
“She wasn’t going to settle for sitting on the sidelines,” the source said. “She basically said thank you, but no thank you.”
And there’s plenty of room over at ABC as it has made quite a few changes in its programming in recent months.
Former NFL star and Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan was recently offered a new gig in a new segment titled GMA Day which will air later in the day at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time weekdays, three hours after GMA’s second hour. The show will be co-hosted by Strahan and Sara Haines.
The popular foodie show The Chew has been cancelled and GMA Day will take its place starting Sept. 10, ABC News confirmed.
“We look forward to developing a daily destination showcasing her spirit, boundless enthusiasm and powerful ability to engage with viewers,” said William Burton, senior vice president, ABC Daytime, in a statement.