“It’s A Job. It Doesn’t Define Me”: Tamron Hall Speaks On “Today” Departure, Inspires Everyone

While it’s unclear what exactly is next for the talented Tamron Hall in terms of sitting front and center at a news desk, she’s not second-guessing her decision to walk away from her post at the Today show.

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Hall exited the morning show as co-anchor in February. Aside from thanking fans for their support on social media, she hasn’t really spoken about her decision to go and how those in her circle have reacted to her decision to step out into the unknown. But she did just that for the first time while speaking to a crowd of people at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Summit Salute event on Thursday in New Orleans. While there, she made some very inspiring comments about not letting the job you have, or don’t have, define you.

Some would call and say, ‘Oh my God, are you OK?’ And I was like, ‘What happened? Who died?’ and then there were other people who said, ‘What’s next?’” Hall said about the two type of people who contacted her after she left Today, according to The New York Post‘s Page Six. If you’ll recall, she was reportedly offered millions to stay with the series, but opted against doing so because of the network’s decision to bring in Megyn Kelly to take over the 9 a.m. hour Hall had been covering with Al Roker.

“I don’t want a friend who calls me saying, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s a job. It doesn’t define me,” Hall said. “It doesn’t determine what I do … how I treat people. I’m going to always look you in your face and say, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Please’ — and if you make me mad, a good cuss word — but in the end, a title can’t define you. When your card no longer says anything beneath it, but your name, are you still you? Can you still savor the victory — the moment that you were able to take that dream? I never imagined that I would be on the ‘Today’ show.”

Since she’s still the host of Deadline: Crime on ID, Hall has a special that will premiere in April according to Page Six. As for what she had to say about her old gig, I don’t know who needed to hear that message, but I’m sure it was right on time for many of us. Make your mark at your place of employment, but with or without it, know that you’re still important and have a purpose.


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