“Today” co-host Natalie Morales is reportedly planning her next TV move because of the tense atmosphere behind the scenes of the NBC show.
Sources tell Page Six that Morales’ reps have been looking for other roles for her amid a power struggle with fellow host Tamron Hall and NBC News chief Deborah Turness.
Popular Morales joined “Today” in 2006 as a national correspondent, and was promoted to the third-hour co-host. She’s been passed over for a top anchor spot several times, including as Ann Curry’s replacement. The role went to Savannah Guthrie.
A separate insider added, “Natalie’s agent at WME has been reaching out discreetly looking for other opportunities for her. She could be interested in a talk show.” WME had no comment.
But another source countered, “Natalie has two more years on her ‘Today’ contract. Her agent has not made one outgoing call. Other networks have been calling them.”
“Today” executive producer Don Nash said in a statement, “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. 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.”