NBC Accused of "Whitewashing" in Wake of Tamron Hall Departure

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Thank goodness for This Is Us, huh?

This must be what executives at NBC are thinking these days, considering the onslaught of bad press that has come the network's way over the past years or so.

First, there was the backlash against Saturday Night Live after Donald Trump hosted an episode toward the end of 2016.

Then, there was the time Jimmy Kimmel fawned over Trump and treated the delusional narcissist like everyone's best, most harmless friend.

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And then there was the fact that NBC brought back Celebrity Apprentice, keeping Trump on as an executive producer.

Now, however, the network is under fire for a reason unrelated to President Trump.

Earlier this year, Megyn Kelly announced that she was leaving Fox News to sign a deal with NBC.

The only details confirmed at the time by Kelly and network executives was that the journalist would contribute to political coverage and also anchor her own five-days-a-week program.

Since then, however, multiple sources have reported that Kelly will slide into a chair on The Today Show in some capacity; either right next to Matt Lauer... or possibly at 9am or 10am, causing a major programming shift.

Either Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will move up an hour and replace Al Roker and Hall - or Kelly will be the one to replace Roker and Hall.

In response to Kelly's addition shoving her out of hosting duties alongside Roker, Tamron Hall left NBC on Thursday.

She didn't even say goodbye on air; nor she did have another deal lined up when she departed.

She was simply angry over the way her future at the company was being handled and decided to peace out of there as quickly as possible.

Al Roker and Tamron Hall Get Goofy

The National Association of Black Journalists, meanwhile, has now released a rather damning statement in regard to Hall leaving Today and Kelly probably taking her place.

It reads as follows:

The National Association of Black Journalists is saddened by Tamron Hall's departure from NBC.

She broke ground as the first black female 'Today Show’ cohost and was enjoying ratings success alongside Al Roker during the show's third hour of programming.

NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.

Whitewashing. That's a pretty strong word to use.

Al Roker and Tamron Hall on Set

This isn't the sort of allegation NBC can just sit back and allow to linger online.

Therefore, on Thursday, a network spokesperson issued a response:

"NBC News has a long and proven history as an industry leader in newsroom diversity.

"We will continue to engage in the running dialogue we’ve had for many years with the National Association of Black Journalists and other advocacy groups to advance those goals."

Hall joined Today in 2014 and MSNBC in 2007.

As you can see here, Roker wasn't pretty sad to say goodbye to his close friend.

And the network was pretty magnanimous in how it addressed her decision.

"Tamron Hall will be leaving NBC News and MSNBC when her contract expires this month," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

"[January 31] was her last day as an anchor on both networks. Tamron is an exceptional journalist, we valued and enjoyed her work at Today and MSNBC and hoped that she would decide to stay. We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but we wish her all the best."

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