Is Natalie Morales Being Forced Out?
NEW YORK – The Today show may have a few new faces next time you tune in.
According to reports, Natalie Morales is being moved — against her will — off the “Today” show and over to “Dateline.”
As the Inquistr reports, Natalie Morales will be moved from the Today Show over to Dateline. Matt Lauer supposedly prefers Hoda Kotb for the 7 to 9 a.m. newsreader, and this move will supposedly be positioned as a promotion.
“They’ll try to position this as a ‘promotion’ for Natalie — but make no mistake, she’s not happy,” claimed an unnamed source.
FOX News also think the move is because of Lauer:
Hoda Kotb would replace Morales, a favorite of Matt Lauer, as the 7 to 9 a.m. newsreader. “They’ll try to position this as a ‘promotion’ for Natalie — but make no mistake, she’s not happy,”
“This sounds like someone is trying to stir up trouble after the ‘Today’ win in the demo last week,” an NBC News spokesperson told the New York Post. “We’ve got great momentum, we love our team and Natalie is an important part of it.”
However sources tell The Daily Mail the reports are nothing but hearsay.
‘This is all hogwash,’ the senior Today Show source said.
‘Natalie is beloved by the staff and millions of fans.
‘It’s pretty obvious this vicious rumor is being spread by a competitor nervous that we have won a week in the demo and are moving toward regaining our place as the number one morning show.’
An official NBC News spokesperson also shot down the rumors as rival-fueled.
‘We’ve got great momentum, we love our team and Natalie is an important part of it,’ they said.
Last fall, a report from US Weekly said that both Morales and Willie Geist had been fired from Today and were already seeking other jobs. But NBC stomped on this speculation too.
Today might have had a good week, but the show has consistetly trailed competitor Good Morning America on ABC since host Meredith Viera left.