Natalie Morales Confirmed as Permanent Co-Host of ‘The Talk’

by Samantha Whidden

Following the announcement that Natalie Morales officially departed from NBC News, the journalist has officially been confirmed as a new permanent co-host of CBS’s daytime talk show The Talk. 

The Talk crew revealed on Twitter that Natalie Morales will start as a new co-host next week. Speaking about joining the daytime talk show, Morales said, “You guys have embraced me with such open arms. I loved chatting with each and every one of you.”

Morales then said that while she had a wonderful relationship with NBC, she thinks it’s always exciting to start something different. “I love this new adventure that we’re all going to be taking together.”

As previously reported, Morales informed her NBC News co-workers in an internal memo about her departure last Friday. She did not share any details about where she would land after leaving NBC.

“I struggle to find the right words and there are way too many people I need to thank for a wonderful career at NBC News,” Morales’ memo reads. “I think back to my early days cutting my teeth at WVIT in Hartford, CT then taking the huge and — at the time — petrifying leap to MSNBC and alas — scoring the golden tickets to the TODAY show and ‘Dateline.’”

‘The Talk’ Producers Weigh in on Natalie Morales Joining the Daytime Talk Show

While speaking about Natalie Morales joining The Talk as a new co-host, executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews revealed to Deadline that they couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the talk show’s family.  “We have been fans of her and her work for years,” the duo declared. “Her varied skillset and versatility are a great addition to our talented panel.”

Gray and Matthews are stated that Morales’ intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm have always shined through all her work. They said they are very fortunate to have her join the crew. “In addition to her role as an exception broadcaster, we believe her perspective as a wife and mother will provide a special connection with our audience.”

Morales also told the media outlet that The Talk is an extraordinary opportunity. “I love the new energy and direction. [I] couldn’t be more excited to join Sheryl, Amanda, Jerry, and Akbar. I’m looking forward to many good times while talking about the days’ topics. And I can’t wait to get going.” 

Among those co-hosting with Morales are Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Sheryl Underwood, and Jerry O’Connell. The Talk was rocked earlier this year with the erupt departure of long-time co-host Sharon Osbourne. Carrie Ann Inaba also recently departed from the show as well. O’Connell and Gbaja-Biamila joined the show over the summer.