Natalie Morales And Willie Geist Not “Fired” From Today Show, Despite Claim
Natalie Morales and Willie Geist have not be “fired” from the “Today Show” in a “massive shake-up,” despite the claim in a new story from Us Weekly. On Wednesday, at the exact same time Morales was being her perky self on the “Today Show,” the tabloid posted a story that said she and Geist had been canned from the morning show. Us Weekly even claimed to have an “NBC source” saying they two were “fired.” But an NBC insider assures Gossip Cop the sensational story is “not true at all.”
According to Us Weekly, fans of the “Today Show” may “soon be waking up to new faces,” noting that Geist is already heading to CBS, while Morales is negotiating with ABC. But then, after declaratively stating that Morales and Geist were shown the door, the magazine notes that the NBC exec who made the decisions to get rid of the two anchors was himself fired, and so “it’s unclear whether Geist and Morales will indeed be exiting or whether the current regime will try to woo them back.”
Wait, so now Us Weekly is saying they were fired, but may not be leaving? The truth, however, is that neither Geist nor Morales were “fired” from the “Today Show.” Whether they each decide to individually leave the morning show down the road is another story, but Gossip Cop is told the “fired” claims are simply “not true.”
NBC News President Deborah Turness tells Gossip Cop in a statement: “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. 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.”
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