Following a remarkable 22 year career at NBC News, legendary journalist Natalie Morales has decided that it is time for her to move on.
The Rutgers graduate announced her departure from NBC News on Friday, October 1, with a heartfelt statement.
"To my Dateline and Today show families, it's very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it's never goodbye but see you later." The news correspondent said in a memo to NBCUniversal staffers. "I'm eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead."
She continued: "This first half of my life has been one full of adventure, challenges, travel, way too many early wake up calls, and, yes, opportunities to witness history unfold and to tell inspiring and impactful stories that will always be in my mind’s highlight reel."
Morales ended the goodbye thanking her colleagues for the friendships and support that have meant so much to her over her 22 years at the network. "I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos."
The prolific news anchor who has worked frequently on programs such as Access Hollywood, Today, and Dateline also told staffers she was off to "spread" her "own wings and to pursue a new adventure."
"We need to save the show after the disastrous exit of Sharon Osbourne ," a source spilled to the outlet. "Natalie is a beloved star of news and her gravitas can help us turn The Talk around."
The source added, "With Natalie joining Jerry, we believe we have the opportunity to float and fix a sinking ship."
"There’s always been a lot of drama, but this is getting ridiculous," the insider dished to OK!. "The tension on the set is off the charts ... People are in panic mode."