After 22 years at NBC, Natalie Morales said her fans and colleagues farewell on Friday on “Today.”
Morales, who previously worked as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and as an anchor for “Today,” is leaving the network to join CBS as a host of “The Talk.”
Morales reflected on her stint at the network during a moving farewell segment on “Today” on Friday.
“Dear viewer, from the minute I stepped in front of the camera and into your living rooms I knew it was an honour to be a part of your morning tradition and sacred time,” Morales stated. “With you, I’ve had a front row seat to moments that captured our hearts, moments I will forever cherish as I witnessed history.”
Morales recalls covering the rescue of 33 Chilean miners, two royal weddings, eight Olympic Games, and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing crossing the finish line the following year.
“I, too, was inspired to run and raise thousands for their cause thanks to your support,” Morales said. “So many extraordinary people touched our lives, trusting us with their awe inspiring journeys.”
“Dear viewer, you and my ‘Today’ family have given me a place I will forever call home. Thank you for all those mornings and the lifetime of memories we now share. With all my love and gratitude, Natalie,” she concluded.
Morales had a farewell toast with her “Today” co-hosts Al Roker, Craig Melvin, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Carson Daly.
“For 22 years, no matter what you have done, Natalie, you are still the same person,” Roker said. “You are wonderful, warm. You have always been a good friend to everybody who’s been here. You treat everybody equal. I adore you.”
Morales’ final “Dateline NBC” storey premieres on Friday.