Natalie Morales Is Joining The Talk After Today Departure

Morales previously worked as an anchor and correspondent at MSNBC between 2002 and 2006 and for the past decade, she has also been a correspondent for Dateline NBC. In addition, following her move to the West Coast, she served as a guest co-host on The Talk four times between 2016 and 2017.

We’re guessing this high profile get is a welcome change for the CBS talk show, which has faced several host shakeups this past year. For instance, longtime co-host Sharon Osbourne “decided” to leave The Talk in March following an “upsetting” controversy surrounding her defense of Piers Morgan, who had made controversial remarks about Meghan Markle.

The next month, Carrie Ann Inaba took a leave of absence, only to later reveal in August that she was leaving The Talk for good. In September, Elaine Welteroth also exited the program, calling her time on the show “an absolute honor.” 

The hosts’ panel was eventually rounded out with the additions of O’Connell and Gbaja-Biamila. On joining the critically acclaimed show, O’Connell told Daily Pop in September, “We have a new group of hosts. Casts change on shows and we just hope this all works out. We’re very optimistic.”