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Natalie Morales Leaving 'Access Hollywood' & 'Access Live' After 3 Years

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Apr. 19 2019, Published 4:05 p.m. ET

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Natalie Morales is saying goodbye to her hosting gig at Access Hollywood and Access Live. After three years at NBC's primetime entertainment news shows, she announced she was leaving on Friday, April 19.

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The 46-year-old will continue her hosting duties for Today on the west coast and as a correspondent for Dateline.

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Rumors hit the airwaves earlier this month that the news anchor was leaving the show but nothing was confirmed until now.

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Natalie will not be immediately replaced. Co-anchor Kit Hoover will remain as host for Access Hollywood and Scott Evans will continue to host Access Live.

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The mother of two released a memo confirming her exit to her peers and NBC staffers. "To my dear Access family," she began.

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"And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful three 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 Scoles and Liliana Vazquez for making it always a fun day 'at work,'" she continued.

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She concluded, "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!"

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