Tamron Hall is officially announcing her return to television. According to Deadline, the former MSNBC and Today anchor will lead “a new syndicated daytime talk show” on the ABC Owned Television Stations Group next fall.
The group includes New York’s WABC-TV, Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV, San Francisco’s KGO-TV, Los Angeles’ KABC-TV, Fresno’s KFSN-TV, Houston’s KTRK-TV, Chicago’s WLS-TV and Raleigh-Durham’s WTVD-TV. “The eight stations represent 23 [percent] of the country’s television households and will serve as the show’s launch group,” wrote Deadline, which also reports a rumor that the show could replace Rachel Ray or Right This Minute.
“I’m thrilled to partner with the ABC Owned Television Stations Group to bring our show–which will aim to showcase real joy and laughter, as well as inspiration in the face of adversity–to audiences across the country,” said Hall in a statement as reported by Deadline. “Having grown up professionally as a local news reporter and anchor, I know that it’s vital to tell stories that reflect local communities. I couldn’t be more humbled to return to daytime television backed by such a phenomenal team at an iconic company,” she said.
In August, we reported that Hall had signed her deal with Disney ABC, leading to the development of the new talk show. In a statement announcing the deal, Hall said at the time that the show she hoped to create would be one “that’s unconventional, fun, intimate, and sometimes even raw.”
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Tamron and look forward to bringing a fresh, new daytime talk show to stations across the country that will showcase her enormous talent and dynamic personality,” said Janice Marinelli, president, global content sales and distribution, direct-to-consumer and international of The Walt Disney Company, in a statement. William Burton, senior vice president, ABC Daytime, also said, “Tamron’s wealth of experience and unique perspective is needed in today’s daytime landscape,” citing her “spirit, boundless enthusiasm and powerful ability to engage with viewers.”
Hall and Al Roker were removed from their usual 9 a.m. hour of Today in 2017 after the network wanted to make room for Megyn Kelly. The National Association of Black Journalists called the move a “whitewashing” tactic, saying in a statement that Hall and Roker’s ability to keep Today‘s ratings ahead of their competition in daytime television “deserves praise, not punishment, as replacing talent often is associated with low ratings performance.”