Natalie Morales is going to save ‘The Talk’ after Sharon Osbourne’s disastrous exit from the show, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The West Coast host of NBC’s Today Show and the Dateline correspondent announced Friday that she would be stepping down from NBC News after a 22-year career.
Morales, 49, said he would look for a new opportunity when he retires from the Today show and will wrap up his Dateline job in the next few weeks.
He will continue to appear in the 30th season of Dateline for the remainder of the year.
DailyMail.com may exclusively reveal that Morales is addressing The Talk.
“We need to save the show after Sharon Osbourne’s disastrous departure,” a source told DailyMail.com.
‘Natalie is a beloved news star and her seriousness can help us turn The Talk around.
“With Natalie joining Jerry, we think we have a chance to float and repair a sinking ship.”
NBC declined to comment. DailyMail.com has contacted CBS for comment.
Natalie Morales announced that she would leave NBC after 22 years
Morales, center, pictured with her Today Show family, served as a host for West Coast shows
Morales interviewed a host of guests during his career, including Jay Leno, photographed in 2019
Morales said in a statement Friday: ‘To the families of my Dateline and Today shows, it is very difficult to say goodbye … and we all know in this business that it is never goodbye, but we will see you later. I am forever grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths take us, ” Morales said in a statement.
“I have a hard time finding the right words and there are too many people to thank for a wonderful run at NBC News.”
Morales will move on to The Talk to replace Osbourne, who had been kicked out of the show earlier this year after a racist-laden discussion with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Osbourne claimed the incident was orchestrated to make her look like a racist for defending her friend Pierce Morgan, who had been called a racist for criticizing Duchess Meghan Markle.
Osbourne lost her job at The Talk and was effectively ‘canceled’ by social media, prompting a series of death threats against her and her family.
She told DailyMail.com that she was forced to hire 24-hour security and underwent months of ketamine therapy to deal with the trauma.
Count her side: Sharon Osbourne sat exclusively with DailyMailTV for her first in-depth interview since her shocked exit from The Talk this year amid a controversy over alleged racist comments.
Morales began working for NBC at its WVIT affiliate station in Hartford, Connecticut, before going on to serve as host and correspondent for MSNBC from 2002 to 2006.
Throughout his career, Morales covered the 2000 presidential elections, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 2003 Northeast Blackout.
Morales joined the Today show in 2006 as a national correspondent before being named a co-host in 2008. She eventually replaced Ann Curry as Today’s official news anchor in 2011.
In 2016, Morales moved to the West Coast to host Access and became the host of Today Show West.
Although she stopped hosting Access in 2019, Morales remained as the West Coast host and in 2020, it was announced that she would be joining Dateline as an official correspondent.
Morales joined his friends and colleges Lester Holt, Andrea Canning, Dennis Murphy, Josh Mankiewicz, and Keith Morrison on Dateline.
Morales, left, and her Today Show colleague Jenna Bush Hager interviewed chef John Fraser in 2019 during one of many Today segments.
Morales, pictured with Al Roker, left, and Craig Melvin, led Today West Coast for five years
Morales said: ‘This first half of my life has been filled with adventures, challenges, travels, too many calls to wake up early and, yes, opportunities to witness the story unfold and tell inspiring and shocking stories that will always be on my mind. featured reel.
Speaking of which: I watched my family grow up alongside many of their own children, and as my oldest son prepares to spread his wings and head to college soon, I also feel like the time is right (formerly the second half of my life) to spread my own wings and embark on a new adventure. ‘
‘I am forever grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths take us. I have a lot to be thankful for and for each one of you who helped me get here … thank you very much my friends. ‘