“Access Hollywood” and “Access Live” co-host Natalie Morales is leaving both NBC entertainment news shows after three years with the programs, an individual with knowledge of her decision tells TheWrap.
She will continue in her roles as West Coast anchor for “Today” and as a correspondent on “Dateline,” both NBC News programs, the individual said.
It is not expected that Morales’ replacement will be named right away, with anchor Kit Hoover continuing to lead “Access” and also co-hosting with Scott Evans on “Access Live,” the individual says.
News of Morales’ exit from both shows comes a month after longtime “Access” executive producer Rob Silverstein stepped down from his post as head of the franchise and Maureen FitzPatrick took over.
Morales announced her departure in a memo to staff Friday, which you can read below.
To my dear Access family:
And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 years here with you and will treasure the memories and good times! Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and for always bringing your A-game. I have so much to be grateful for and can’t name all of you… but I do have to especially thank Kit, Scott, Sibley and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” And thanks to our incredible producers, crew, assistants, wardrobe, hair and makeup teams.. I mean truly, I have a long list and hope to thank you each personally. Keep being the little engine that could!
As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!
All my best.
Variety first reported the news of Morales’ exit.