Natalie Morales Access Hollywood

Natalie Morales to Host Access H'wood, Serve as Today's West Coast Anchor

Kelly and Michael aren’t the only ones stirring things up in daytime.

Natalie Morales is headed west — to take over hosting duties at Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, and transition to the role of Today‘s West Coast anchor, according to our sister site Deadline.

Deadline quoted a memo from Today’s senior vice president Noah Oppenheim, which mentioned Morales’ recent stints reporting live from the Oscars, Golden Globes and Latin American Music Awards and conducting celebrity interviews as impetus for the title change. “With our show’s increasing focus on West Coast stories, it became clear to me that having a permanent anchor presence in L.A. would be of enormous value,” he added of Morales’ new Today title.

Oppenheim went on to add that “when NBCU Domestic TV Distribution heard that a talent of Natalie’s caliber and entertainment experience might soon be L.A.-based, they immediately jumped at the opportunity to have her host Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live.”

Morales’ move follows months of rumors about NBC’s desire to move current Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush to Today‘s 9 am hour, and Morales’ co-worker Willie Geist’s recent jump to anchor a revamped edition of Sunday Today.

Do you like the idea of Morales at Access Hollywood and in a more Hollywood-centric role on Today? Sound off below!

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9 Comments
  1. LT says:

    Wait. Please tell me Kit Hoover is staying on the AHL? I can see Natalie doing the normal one, but Kit best be staying on the daytime one!

  2. David4 says:

    Probably wants to get away from Matt, everyone does. :)

  3. Jerri says:

    Good move for Morales. I can’t help but be conflicted a bit about the picture here though. Her lips are smiling, her eyes want to kill you. Sliiiiightly creepy.

  4. Ricky23 says:

    So is Billy and Natalie playing musical chairs? Shame I like Billy and Kit together….So does Tamron Hall take over on the news desk for Natalie? She seems like a nicw woman….she just has a teeny bit too much energy for me in the morning…

  5. Shar says:

    What’s interesting here is the fact that Kit & Billy, like many other entertainment shows, have spent a lot of time discussing Kelly & Michael and who was really in the wrong. More than once Kit asked Billy point blank if he would tell her first if he was leaving. Maybe it was all hype or an inside joke. Either way, Kit better not be going anywhere, she makes the show and it’s nice to see someone with a positive spin and attitude.

  6. Lee says:

    I adore Kit. This will not work. In my opinion Billy Bush is making a bad career move.

  7. Wendy says:

    Sounds like it might work…just get rid of Liz……

  8. HAP says:

    Truth stranger than fiction. Natalie Morales is a mix of Brazilian and Puerto Rican, but was born in Taiwan.

  9. I think this has been a good move. She has a wonderful smile and looks much happier. She’s no longer the girl being held in the background.