July 13, 2017
The Weinstein Co. has announced that Tamron Hall, a former anchor on MSNBC and a Temple University alum, is developing her own daytime talk show that could rival Megyn Kelly’s 9 a.m. takeover on Hall’s former network.
Hall departed the "Today" show and MSNBC in February after rumors swirled about Hall being bumped to make room for Kelly’s new show. After joining MSNBC in 2007, Hall worked her way up to a co-anchoring role during the third hour of "Today"; she was the first African-American woman to ever hold that title on the program.
Al Roker will continue to host the show’s third hour (which begins at 9 a.m.) until fall 2017, when Kelly – who left Fox News at the start of 2017 – will take over with her new daytime talk show.
Kelly’s transition to MSNBC has drawn ire from some viewers, and The National Association of Black Journalists called the move "whitewashing" in a statement.
Though Hall parted with MSNBC on good terms, saying in a statement, “The last 10 years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m grateful,” the announcement of a daytime talk show from Hall already has fans naturally pitting it against Kelly’s.
So far, we know that The Weinstein Co. (TWC) has tapped Barry Wallach, the former president of NBC Domestic Television Distribution, to consult with the development of Hall’s show.
Variety reported that the program, which is currently untitled, will focus on current events, human-interest stories, interviews and will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.