HomeAmerican Entertainment‘Today Show’s Natalie Morales Says Goodbye, Leaving for ‘The Talk’

‘Today Show’s Natalie Morales Says Goodbye, Leaving for ‘The Talk’

by Keeli Parkey
(Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

It’s official. The tenure of Natalie Morales on the “Today Show” has officially come to an end. Fortunately for her fans, though, she has not said goodbye to her television career.

It turns out that the “Today Show’s” loss is “The Talk’s” gain. The 49-year-old journalist has been part of the panel on “The Talk” since October.

Morales officially said goodbye to the “Today Show” on Friday, Nov. 19, according to Pop Culture. During that episode of the long-running NBC show, Morales said farewell to its viewers. She had been with NBC for more than two decades. Doing so was “an honor,” she said.

“Dear viewers… From the minute I stepped in front of the camera and into your living rooms, I knew it was an honor to be part of your morning tradition, the most sacred time. With you, I’ve had a front seat to moments that captured our hearts, moments I will forever cherish as I witnessed history,” Natalie Morales said during the “Today Show” on Friday.

As part of her farewell message, she also reminisced about some of the most memorable – and historic – events she covered during her tenure with NBC.

“I traveled the country with some of America’s leaders and covered the most incredible stories — like the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days. Together we witnessed a miracle. I have enjoyed two royal weddings and held court in London awaiting the first royal birth in decades. Events forever on my highlight reel. So many extraordinary people touched our lives, trusting us with their awe-inspiring journeys,” Natalie Morales also said.

She also expressed her appreciation to the viewers of the “Today Show” for “all those mornings and the lifetime of memories we now share.” And expressed just how much her time with the show has meant to her. She added that the viewers “and my “Today’ family have given me a place I will forever call home.”

Friday’s farewell on the “Today Show” isn’t the last time Natalie Morales will appear on NBC. She will appear on “Dateline” through the end of 2021.

Natalie Morales Joined New Panel on ‘The Talk’ in October

The first episode of “The Talk” with Natalie Morales as a co-host aired on Oct. 11. The panel she joined is different from the one viewers of this CBS show have seen in recent years. The panel with Morales now includes Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, and Sheryl Underwood.

Previous co-hosts of “The Talk” have been Sharon Osbourne, Elaine Welteroth, and Carrie Ann Inaba. Osbourne was fired in March 2021. Both Welteroth and Inaba exited the show in October 2021.

In a statement, Morales shared her excitement to be part of this daytime show. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity to be joining this team at ‘The Talk,'” she also said.