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Natalie Morales to Exit ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Live’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalie Morales is bowing out of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Live” after three years as co-host of the daily entertainment news programs.

Morales will continue working for NBC News as West Coast anchor for “Today” and as a correspondent for “Dateline.” Her departure comes a month after “Access” underwent an executive producer shuffle with Maureen FitzPatrick replacing longtime leader Rob Silverstein. Word that Morales was on her way out of “Access” first surfaced last month in the Daily Mail.

Morales is not expected to be immediately replaced. Kit Hoover will remain anchor of the early-evening “Access” newsmagazine, and co-host with Scott Evans of the daytime news and talk show “Access Live.”

Here is a memo Morales sent to “Access” staffers as she announced her departure on Friday:

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.
Natalie

Natalie Morales Out as ‘Access’ Anchor

About a month after longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein was let go at Access and Access Live, anchor Natalie Morales is following him out the door.

Morales is out at Access, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed, but is staying with NBC News as Today West Coast anchor and Dateline correspondent.

Co-anchor Kit Hoover is staying with Access and will anchor the show solo for the time being. Scott Evans will also remain as co-host of Access Live.

Morales joined the twin syndicated shows in 2016.

In a memo to staff on his last day, Silverstein — who had been with what was then called Access Hollywood since the show’s inception in 1996 — said his creative vision for the shows “differs from the management team.” Maureen FitzPatrick, whose work on syndicated strips includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hot Bench and Daily Blast Live, is taking over as executive producer of the two programs.

Both Access shows average about 2 million viewers, putting them in the middle of the pack among the entertainment-focused syndicated shows. Entertainment Tonight, which invented the genre, remains the leader with about 4.8 million daily viewers.

Morales sent the following memo to the Access staff.

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an Air Force brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life … I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.
Natalie

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“Access Hollywood” and “Access Live” co-host Natalie Morales is leaving both NBC entertainment news shows after three years with the programs, an individual with knowledge of her decision tells TheWrap.

She will continue in her roles as West Coast anchor for “Today” and as a correspondent on “Dateline,” both NBC News programs, the individual said.

It is not expected that Morales’ replacement will be named right away, with anchor Kit Hoover continuing to lead “Access” and also co-hosting with Scott Evans on “Access Live,” the individual says.

Also Read: Rob Silverstein Exits as Executive Producer of ‘Access Hollywood’ Franchise After 20 Years

News of Morales’ exit from both shows comes a month after longtime “Access” executive producer Rob Silverstein stepped down from his post as head of the franchise and Maureen FitzPatrick took over.

Morales announced her departure in a memo to staff Friday, which you can read below.

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.
Natalie

Variety first reported the news of Morales’ exit.

Natalie Morales confirms exit from ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Live’

Natalie Morales is bowing out of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Live” after three years as co-host of the daily entertainment news programs.

Morales will continue working for NBC News as West Coast anchor for “Today” and as a correspondent for “Dateline.” Her departure comes a month after “Access” underwent an executive producer shuffle with Maureen FitzPatrick replacing longtime leader Rob Silverstein.

Morales is not expected to be immediately replaced. Kit Hoover will remain anchor of the early-evening “Access” newsmagazine, and co-host with Scott Evans of the daytime news and talk show “Access Live.”

Here is a memo Morales sent to “Access” staffers as she announced her departure on Friday:

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.

Natalie

Natalie Morales has announced that she will relinquish her duties as host of NBC’s Access (fka Access Hollywood) and co-host of Access Live after three years.

According to our sister site Variety, Morales will remain at NBC News and continue on as both a Dateline correspondent and Today‘s West Coast anchor. On Friday, she released the following memo to Access staffers:

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life… I prefer to say see you all later… and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.
Natalie

Back in 2016, Morales transitioned from co-anchor of NBC’s East Coast-based Today to West Coast anchor and host of Access Hollywood. At the time, NBC was looking to move then-Access anchor Billy Bush to Today‘s 9 am hour — and we all know how well that worked out!

Morales’ exit comes amid a behind-the-scenes sea change at Access, with longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein replaced by new EP Maureen FitzPatrick. On screen, Kit Hoover will stay on as host of Access and co-host Access Live opposite Scott Evans. (Meanwhile, Deadline speculates that Extra‘s Mario Lopez will take Morales’ place, as Extra leaves NBC for Fox stations this fall.)

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Just weeks after long-time Access executive producer Rob Silverstein was transitioned off of the entertainment magazine, co-host Natalie Morales also is departing.

Kit Hoover, who has been with the show since 2010, will remain, as will Scott Evans, who became co-host of Access Live last summer. Hoover and Evans will co-host both shows for the immediate future.

Related: Scott Evans Named Co-Host of ‘Access Live’

Last month, Silverstein exited the program he had been executive producing for the past 20 years and Maureen FitzPatrick, who had been consulting with NBCUniversal on both Access and Access Live for the past year, was named executive producer of both programs. Prior to that, FitzPatrick launched Daily Blast Live for Tegna, and Hot Bench, which was created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, for CBS Television Distribution.

Related: Maureen FitzPatrick Named Executive Producer of ‘Access,’ ‘Access Live’

Morales moved to the West Coast to join Access and Access Live in 2016 after Billy Bush was shown the door after the famous “grab them by the p——y” video with soon-to-be President Donald J. Trump surfaced.

Morales also serves as West Coast anchor for NBC’s Today and correspondent for Dateline and she will remain in both of those posts.

She sent the following memos to the Access staff on Friday morning:

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an Air Force brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.
Natalie

There’s a shift happening at Access Hollywood and Access Live. After three years as a cohost, Natalie Morales will be exiting the daily entertainment news series, Us Weekly can confirm. For months, rumors have been swirling that Morales was let go from the news program; however, NBC denied them repeatedly.

Morales, 46, has been part of the NBC for two decades, first starting on a local network in Connecticut, then moving to MSNBC, and in 2006, joining the Today show as a national correspondent. In 2008, she became a co-anchor on the show; three years later, she replaced Ann Curry. Then, in 2016, she made the move to Los Angeles to join Access Hollywood.

The mother of two will continue to work for Today as the West Coast anchor and will stay on as a correspondent for Dateline. Kit Hoover will continue as the anchor of Access Hollywood while Scott Evans will continue to join for Access Live. Variety was the first to break the news.

Natalie Morales Nathan Congleton/NBC

Earlier this month, Morales celebrated 20 years working at NBC. When the Today show said goodbye to Kathie Lee Gifford, Savannah Guthrie also sent a message to Morales, congratulating her on the milestone and applauding her “intelligence, grace and goodness.”

During Friday’s Live, Evans confirmed the news while sitting next to Morales and drinking white wine.

“Nat, for the last three years you have done incredible, incredible things,” the 32-year-old World of Dance host told his cohost. They then cut to a video sent in by Hoover, who was on vacation. While driving a golf cart, the former Road Rules star, 48, recounted some of her favorite memories and said, “I love you so much. Our journey does not end here. It’s only beginning!”

Morales, getting a bit choked up, blew a kiss to the camera, and said, “It does not end, that’s for sure!”

Read Morales’ memo sent to staff on Friday:

To my dear Access family,

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 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 and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” 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!

As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best,

Natalie

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Natalie Morales is leaving Access Hollywood.

Morales announced her departure Friday, nearly three years after she made the cross-country move to take on the role of anchor for Access Hollywood and Access Live.

“Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and for always bringing your A-game,” she wrote in a memo obtained by Variety. “As an ‘Air Force’ brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!”

While Morales, 46, is stepping away from Access Hollywood, she will stay with NBC as the West Coast anchor for the Today Show. She will also continue to act as a correspondent on Dateline.

In August 2016, Morales moved to Los Angeles, where she became both the Today show’s West Coast anchor and Billy Bush‘s replacement as host of Access Hollywood and Access Live.

Morales first joined the Today show in 2006, beginning as a national correspondent before moving up to co-anchor in 2008.

Are Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover’s time on ‘Access’ coming to an end?

“Access” hosts Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover are reportedly in danger of being ousted from the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine.

  • Reports that NBC is planning to overhaul the show with Mario Lopez at the helm have reportedly left Morales “furious.”
  • Morales, who also carries the title of “West Coast anchor” for “Today,” moved to the West Coast to host the show in 2016.
  • “Access” was originally known as “Access Hollywood” but dropped the “Hollywood” reference in 2017.
  • However, the show has reportedly not fared well in the ratings following the departure of Billy Bush in 2016.
  • Bush was briefly part of the “Today” team based in New York City, but was ousted after the infamous “grab them by the pussy” tape surfaced.
  • The recording was meant to be a private conversation but was recorded because Bush and Trump were mic’d for an interview.
  • Many felt Bush’s response (or lack of response) to Trump’s statements were offensive, which lead to NBC removing him from “Today” before eventually firing him.
  • Other reports, meanwhile, indicate that Bush may be negotiating a return to television — as host of “Access” competitor “Extra,” which is the show Lopez currently hosts.
  • If the reports prove true, it would mean that Bush and Lopez would both be appearing on a former competitors’ programming.
  • “Access” is produced by NBC Studios and KNBC and distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

‘Today’ anchor Natalie Morales spends $6.8 million on a Brentwood Traditional

“Today” show anchor Natalie Morales has made some news of her own, buying a newly built home in Brentwood for $6.8 million.

Tucked behind privacy gates, the East Coast-inspired house has a traditional yet contemporary vibe with French iron doors, elegant fixtures and light wood floors. Gray-painted brickwork and crisp white siding provide a visual contrast to the exterior.

Within the 7,020 square feet of refined space are a two-story entry, a living room with a fireplace, a blue-hued library/den with built-in bookshelves and a chef’s kitchen with an oversized island. A wine wall set within tempered glass sits off the formal dining room.

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Upstairs, the master suite has a fireplace, a boutique-inspired closets and a balcony that overlooks the grounds. There are six bedrooms and 5.25 bathrooms in all.

Bi-folding doors open to a terrace patio with an outdoor fireplace and an al fresco dining area. Lawns, hedges and a rectangular swimming pool and spa complete the roughly quarter-acre setting.

The property came up for sale in June for $6.795 million, records show. It previously changed hands a year ago for $2.7 million.

Myra Nourmand and Lobat Ghodoushim of Nourmand & Associates Beverly Hills were the listing agents. Hugh Evans of Partners Trust represented Morales.

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The 44-year-old Morales announced in May that she was moving to L.A. to be the West Coast anchor for the NBC morning show as well as co-host “Access Hollywood” and “Access Hollywood Live.” She also appears as a correspondent on “Dateline NBC” and “NBC Nightly News.”

Her longtime home in Hoboken, N.J., came on the market in June for $3.1 million and is currently pending sale.

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Check Out the Stunning $3.5M Ski Chalet Natalie Morales Just Bought

West Coast anchor of the Today show and Access host Natalie Morales has a new place to hang her hat — a stunning ski condo in Vail, Colorado.

Morales and her husband Joseph Rhodes recently purchased the condo for $3,525,000. The three-bedroom, three-bath unit is part of the Lodge at Vail, the oldest hotel in Vail Village, and provides residents with access to two restaurants, a pool and hot tubs, and a bar for those après ski cocktail needs. LA-bases Morales and her family already appear to be enjoying their new vacation home as she recently posted a photo of her family in Vail atop the slopes.

We’ve got all the pics, so let’s take a look!

The 1,454-square-foot condo recently underwent a full renovation and is outfitted with rustic-chic accents.

The dining room has a banquette to keep things cozy. A few steps from Vail’s scenic Gondola One (ski in, ski out!), the condo provides a welcoming spot to come back to after a day on the slopes.

In the media/living room, an entertainment center is fully integrated into a mammoth fireplace.

The kitchen is stocked with everything one might need. But since The Lodge resort has two restaurants, we’re guessing the Morales/Rhodes crew doesn’t do much cooking. It is a vacation home.

Access fans, you can exhale, because … Natalie Morales did not get fired, after all.

Countless reports have been falsely claiming that the host had been axed in light of Executive Producer Rob Silverstein leaving the program. Further, the stories claimed Natalie was “furious” from being let go from Access but would still stay on as the Today show’s West Coast anchor. On top of all that, these “rumors” went on to say that Extra host Mario Lopez would instead be taking over (Extra is departing NBC and will begin airing on Fox starting in the fall of 2019).

But guess what? None of it appears to be true … at least, for now. Page Six alleges that they spoke directly to an Access executive who denied all the claims and said “Natalie has not been fired. She is and will continue to be a huge part of the NBC family. Our new EP will start next week.”

Okay, but is Natalie Morales leaving Access?

With that being said, the publication does note that Natalie “will likely” be exiting the program and Mario could be joining the show soon … but, again, this is not confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt at this point. GoodHousekeeping.com reached out to Access, and reps had no comment.

Either way, what is set in stone is that Access’s new Executive Producer will be Judge Judy’s Hot Bench and The Ellen DeGeneres Show alum Maureen FitzPatrick. But other than that, NBC has yet to make a formal announcement about any further changes. So now … we wait.

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