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Tamron Hall: Not defined by 'Today' job

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2016 file photo shows NBC "Today" host Tamron Hall at the 2016 L'Oreal Women of Worth Awards in New York. Hall is leaving the network after finding out that the team on the 9 a.m. hour of the morning show was being replaced by Megyn Kelly.  NBC said her last appearance on NBC and MSNBC was on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2016 file photo shows NBC "Today" host Tamron Hall at the 2016 L'Oreal Women of Worth Awards in New York. Hall is leaving the network after finding out that the team on the 9 a.m. hour of the morning show was being replaced by Megyn Kelly. NBC said her last appearance on NBC and MSNBC was on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)  (2016 Invision)

There were “two types of people” who reached out to Tamron Hall when she announced her exit from the “Today” show.

“Some would call and say, ‘Oh my God, are you OK?’ And I was like, ‘What happened? Who died?’ and then there were other people who said, ‘What’s next?’” she told a crowd at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Summit Salute on Thursday.

“I don’t want a friend who calls me saying, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s a job. It doesn’t define me. It doesn’t determine what I do … how I treat people. I’m going to always look you in your face and say, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Please’ — and if you make me mad, a good cuss word — but in the end, a title can’t define you. When your card no longer says anything beneath it, but your name, are you still you? Can you still savor the victory — the moment that you were able to take that dream? I never imagined that I would be on the ‘Today’ show.”

Hall was the keynote speaker at the event. The “Deadline Crime” host recently teased an upcoming special she’s working on, airing in April.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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