Daytime television is about to get a whole lot more interesting with its latest addition: Tamron Hall.
The former Today co-host has finally found a place to land at Disney/ABC, one of her former network's biggest rivals. Hall is set to develop and host a new daytime show for the company that will premiere in the fall of 2019.
The veteran host was a fixture on MSNBC for 10 years before making the switch to co-hosting NBC's Today show, where she became the first African-American woman to host the program. After three years at Today, Hall decided to leave NBC when the network announced it would dedicate the third hour of the morning show to newcomer and former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Hall's screen time has since been limited to hosting ID Discovery's Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall. She had also agreed to develop a talk show for the Weinstein Company before Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, Page Six reports. Her deal with the company quickly ended after the scandal, which freed her up to explore other options.
In a statement, Hall expressed how thrilled she is to make this new leap and create an "unconventional, fun, intimate, and sometimes even raw" show with Disney/ABC. “My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I've built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they'll join us for the ride," said Hall.
Disney/ABC has had trouble in recent years with solo daytime hosts succeeding — Katie Couric being the most recent example — but with Hall's track record, she just might be able to break the curse. Read more about her new gig at the Los Angeles Times. Amari Pollard
Jemele Hill returns to SportsCenter on Monday night, her first appearance on The Six, which she co-hosts with Michael Smith, since being suspended for two weeks over a second violation of ESPN's social media guidelines.
1 — Back tonight at 6 (we’re on ESPN2 tonight). Sitting on a few hot takes, to say the least.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 23, 2017
Hill was suspended after responding to the news that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they kneeled during the national anthem. She tweeted on Oct. 8 and 9 that "change happens when advertisers are impacted" and urged a "boycott."
ESPN had previously deemed Hill's tweets "inappropriate" after she called President Trump a white supremacist in September. The Ringer writes: "Hill's [most recent] suspension brought up a larger question, which Bill Simmons wrote about here: Can ESPN carve out an apolitical space while Trump is president? 'The tension is not that they want to be apolitical,' said one ESPN employee. 'The tension is that they want to be fashionably political. They want to be Oscar-speech political.'"
On Monday, following a meeting with ESPN's president John Skipper, Hill tweeted: "Thank you all for standing with me and by me. Trust me, you did not do so in vain. My heart is full. See you tonight." Jeva Lange
After taking the first half of the week off to recover from pneumonia, Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail Thursday. "I'm feeling great," Clinton said as she offered a brief greeting to the press aboard her campaign plane; she will do a press Q&A aboard the plane later Thursday, during which she promised to detail her activities over her last three days off the trail.
First, though, Clinton will speak at a rally in North Carolina, a state CNN noted is becoming "increasingly important" for Clinton as polls this week have showed Donald Trump pulling ahead in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida.
In the meantime, watch Clinton's first moments back on the trail, below. Becca Stanek
Clinton speaks to press in first appearance since pneumonia diagnosis: "I'm feeling great." https://t.co/KGg92nIR6t
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 15, 2016
Turns out Microsoft's now-infamous chatbot Tay's behavior wasn't much better the second time around. Days after the technology company took the artificial intelligence bot down following her onslaught of racist, sexist, and xenophobic comments on Twitter, the company briefly reactivated her profile as part of a "test" around 3 a.m. ET Wednesday. The results were not great:
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) March 30, 2016
After announcing her marijuana-smoking habits, the bot seemed to hit some sort of glitch, sending out the same message over and over again:
— Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) March 30, 2016
Tay's account is now set to private. Microsoft developed the artificially intelligent chatbot as part of an experiment to see if internet interactions could make bots smarter. Instead, a "vulnerability" in Tay ended up making her comments more offensive the more she interacted with internet users. She quickly went from tweeting innocuous comments to things like "I f--king hate feminists they should all die and burn in hell" and "Hitler was right, I hate the Jews."
Microsoft issued an apology Friday for Tay's "unintended offensive and hurtful tweets" and vowed they would only bring her back if they could "better anticipate malicious intent that conflicts with our principles and values." Based on Wednesday's results, it's not looking like that that will be anytime soon. Becca Stanek
Speaking on the Today show Wednesday morning, Donald Trump explained that Sarah Palin wasn't looking to cut a deal when she offered him her endorsement — but that Palin could "certainly play a position" in his administration "if she wanted to."
When asked if he'd consider Palin as a running mate, Trump dodged the question by saying he doubted Palin would want a veep slot since "she's already been through that." But he added that he had a lot of respect for the former Alaska governor, who seemingly offered her endorsement with no ulterior motives.
"She never said, 'Gee, I'd like to do this, I'd like to do that,'" Trump told Today. "She never made a deal, like so many people want to try to make deals. She just said, 'I really like what's going on. It's an amazing thing. I've never seen anything like it in politics.'"
Watch below. Jeva Lange
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2016