Entertainment

Natalie Morales is pictured for the first time since she announced she was off to save The Talk


Natalie Morales was pictured for the first time beaming after DailyMail.com revealed she will be heading to save ‘The Talk’ after Sharon Osbourne’s disastrous exit from the show.  

The former West Coast host of NBC’s Today Show and Dateline correspondent was all smiles as she walked her dogs with her husband Joe Rhodes in Santa Monica on Friday. 

She was spotted on the same day she announced she would be stepping down from NBC News after a 22 year career. 

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Friday that Morales will replace Shannon Osbourne on ‘The Talk’ after she was ousted from the show earlier this year following a racially charged discussion with fellow co-host Sheryl Underwood.   

Dressed casually in a paisley top, denim jacket, and sneakers, the 49-year-old was seen speaking on the phone clearly very delighted while she walked her pup.

Just ahead of Morales was her husband who was also walking another of their dogs. 

Natalie Morales is all smiles as she talks on the phone while walking her dogs on Friday 

Casually dressed in jeans and sneakers, the journalist went for an evening stroll on Friday

Casually dressed in jeans and sneakers, the journalist went for an evening stroll on Friday

Morales takes a phone call as her husband Joe Rhodes walks ahead of her during their stroll on Friday

Morales takes a phone call as her husband Joe Rhodes walks ahead of her during their stroll on Friday 

Morales was spotted in Santa Monica for the first time since the news of her new gig at 'The Talk' was announced

Morales was spotted in Santa Monica for the first time since the news of her new gig at ‘The Talk’ was announced

Morales was caught up in her phone while she walked her dog with her husband

Morales was caught up in her phone while she walked her dog with her husband

The 49-year-old journalist looked happy and relaxed on her evening stroll as news of her departure from the Today Show was announced

Morales, who began hosting Today Show West Coast in 2016, is set to replace Sharon Osbourne on The Talk

The 49-year-old journalist looked happy and relaxed on her evening stroll as news of her departure from the Today Show was announced 

Executives at ‘The Talk’ told DailyMail.com that they hope Morales can get the show back on track after Osbourne’s controversial departure. 

Osbourne, 68, left the show earlier this year after she and co-host Sheryl Underwood engaged in an explosive debate. She claimed the incident was orchestrated to make her look like a racist for defending long-time friend Piers Morgan, who had himself been called a racist for criticizing Duchess Meghan Markle. 

Osbourne later issued an apology for her ‘panicked’ defense of Morgan and The Talk was placed on hiatus as an internal investigation was launched.

Allegations soon emerged that Osbourne made racist remarks about co-hosts behind the scenes at The Talk – claims which she has staunchly denied.

On March 26 CBS announced Osbourne would be leaving her post on the show after more than a decade.

‘We need to save the show after the disastrous exit of Sharon Osbourne,’ a CBS source told DailyMail.com.

‘Natalie is a beloved star of news and her gravitas can help us turn The Talk around.

Another CBS source said: ‘With Natalie joining Jerry, we believe we have the opportunity to float and fix a sinking ship.’

NBC declined to comment. DailyMail.com has reached out to CBS for comment. 

Morales herself confirmed the reports of her departure,  saying she would be pursuing a new opportunity as she steps down from the Today show and will wrap up her work on Dateline in the coming weeks.  

‘To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later,’ she said in a statement on Friday. ‘I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.’

‘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,’ she added. 

The longtime Today Show host was joined by her husband Joe Rhodes for her Friday afternoon stroll

The longtime Today Show host was joined by her husband Joe Rhodes for her Friday afternoon stroll

Morales checked her phone on Friday after the news broke of her huge career change that will see her leaving NBC News after years at the network

Morales checked her phone on Friday after the news broke of her huge career change that will see her leaving NBC News after years at the network 

Morales and her husband get some fresh air with their two dogs in Santa Monica on Friday

Morales and her husband get some fresh air with their two dogs in Santa Monica on Friday

Morales has a huge smile on her face as she chats with someone on the phone Friday

Morales has a huge smile on her face as she chats with someone on the phone Friday 

Morales began working for NBC at their WVIT affiliate station in Hartford, Connecticut before moving on to serve as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC from 2002 to 2006

The famed journalist has covered the 2011 royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the 2012 Boston Marathon bombing and the 2017 Las Vegas massacre

Morales began working for NBC at their WVIT affiliate station in Hartford, Connecticut before moving on to serve as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC from 2002 to 2006

Morales began working for NBC at their WVIT affiliate station in Hartford, Connecticut before moving on to serve as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC from 2002 to 2006. 

Through the early half of her career, Morales covered the 2000 Presidential election, the September 11 terrorists attacks, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 2003 Northeast Blackout.  

Morales joined the Today show in 2006 as a national correspondent before being named a co-anchor in 2008. She eventually replaced Ann Curry as the official news anchor for Today in 2011. 

In 2016, Morales made the move to the West Coast to host Access and became the Today Show West Anchor. 

Although she stepped away from hosting Access in 2019, Morales remained as the West Coast host and in 2020, it was announced that she would join Dateline as an official correspondent. 

Morales joined friends and colleges Lester Holt, Andrea Canning, Dennis Murphy, Josh Mankiewicz and Keith Morrison on Dateline. 

During her time as one of the biggest names in NBC, Morales covered the 2011 royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the 2012 Boston Marathon bombing and the 2017 Las Vegas massacre. 

Morales, who speaks both Spanish and Portuguese fluently, also translated the 2010 Chilean miner rescue to Americans glued to their TVs, which helped NBC earn the 2010 National Headliner Award. 

Morales herself has won three Daytime Emmy Awards as part of the Today team, as well as a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and three Gracie Awards for outstanding reporting.  

Morales said, ‘This first half of my life has been one full of adventure, challenges, travel, way too many early wake up calls, and yes opportunities to witness history unfold and to tell inspiring and impactful stories that will always be in my mind’s highlight reel. 

‘Speaking of that reel: I watched my family grow up along with so many of your own children, and as my oldest son gets ready to spread his wings and head to college soon, so too do I feel the time is right, (before the second half of my life) to spread my own wings and to pursue a new adventure. ‘ 

‘I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead. I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.’ 

Telling her side: Sharon Osbourne sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV for her first in-depth interview since her shock exit from The Talk this year amid controversy over purported racist comments

Telling her side: Sharon Osbourne sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV for her first in-depth interview since her shock exit from The Talk this year amid controversy over purported racist comments



Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button