Tamron Hall doesn’t blame Megyn Kelly for getting the “Today” show job she wanted.
“My whole life, if there was a job application, I was the one saying, ‘Put me in the room. I’m going to get that job,’” Hall told People magazine. “So then to sit on the other side of the table and hard-sell yourself to keep your job? The last week I was on ‘Today,’ I filled in for Savannah Guthrie, who’d gone on maternity leave. I filled in for Lester Holt all while I was doing my MSNBC show plus shooting ‘Deadline Crime.’
“So I’m putting in all the work, and then I’m told, ‘It doesn’t matter that you came in every time we called. We want something else.’ I wasn’t that ‘something else.’”
As it turned out, Kelly was that “something else” at the time, though she was eventually ousted from NBC after she defended blackface in Halloween costumes.
Hall departed NBC News and MSNBC in February 2017 after “Today” canceled her and Al Roker’s show, “Today’s Take.” Page Six exclusively revealed at the time that the show was being axed to make room for Kelly.
Despite how the cards fell, Hall doesn’t hold anything against Kelly.
“Let me be clear, I have no ill will toward Megyn,” Hall, 48, said. “They made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. And they made me an offer I could refuse. But afterward, after 25 years in the business, I felt some of the offers that were coming in were insulting.
“Like, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve been doing this a long time, and you’re coming to me with these odd little things?’ I felt like, ‘Wow, I’ve put in all this work thinking the right thing will come.’ Well, it was June, and the right thing had not come.”
It eventually would — Hall is set to launch a new talk show on ABC in the fall.
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