Natalie Morales & Willie Geist Reportedly Fired From ‘Today’; NBC Denies Shakeup
Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were both reportedly fired from their co-hosting gigs on the Today show, and will apparently be replaced by media personalities that NBC thinks could better compete against ABC rival Good Morning America.
Natalie Morales & Willie Geist Fired?
Morales, 42, and Geist, 39, “were recently told they were fired,” an NBC source told Us Weekly. According to the source, Morales is in talks for a new position at ABC and Geist is looking into a new position at CBS.
The firings were reportedly made at the suggestion of NBC general manager Jamie Horowitz, who has since been removed from his position. According to Deborah Turness, Horowitz was “not the right fit.” Adding fuel to the rumors that she’d planned to get rid of Morales and Geist, an insider said, “An executive went rogue and got fired for suggesting crazy ideas no one agreed with.”
Before Horowtiz was fired, there was talk that Today cohost Tamron Hall would be demoted to MSNBC, Hoda Kotb would take her spot in the 9 a.m. hour and that Josh Elliot would come onboard as a newsreader.
NBC has released a statement in an effort to quiet the speculation about the reported shakeup hitting the network’s morning program.
“NBC’s Today has the best anchor team in morning television. The entire Today show anchor team — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb — are incredibly talented, valued and have our support,” the statement read. “In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.”