NBC sources told FTVLive a longtime ago that NBC News boss Deborah Turness was not a fan of Today Show Anchor Natalie Morales.
At one point, the Peacock was this/close to pulling the plug on Morales and replacing her on Today.
Problem was that after the Ann Curry debacle, NBC chickened out and Morales stayed on the show.
Well you can start the Morales rumor machine back up.
Page Six says there is rampant speculation within NBC News that Natalie Morales is being moved — against her will — off the “Today” show and over to “Dateline.”
Hoda Kotb would replace Morales, a favorite of Matt Lauer, as the 7 to 9 a.m. newsreader. “They’ll try to position this as a ‘promotion’ for Natalie — but make no mistake, she’s not happy,” said one source to Page Six.
“This sounds like someone is trying to stir up trouble after the ‘Today’ win in the demo last week,” an NBC News spokesperson told me. “We’ve got great momentum, we love our team and Natalie is an important part of it.”