Former Today Show
co-anchor Tamron Hall
is excited about her new daytime show, but there was one thing she absolutely demanded: more women in the room.
“When I came to [an early] meeting to discuss my new show…there were only men in the room,” Hall said
at Rolling Stone’s
recent Women Shaping the Future brunch. “And I had to say, ‘Sorry to tell you, but we are going to have a lot of women on staff. Sorry, but I don’t want to just talk to you men all day. We need some women in here.’”
This isn’t the first time Hall bossed up. When the 9 a.m. Today
slot she co-hosted with Al Roker was shelved to make room for former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s now-defunct show, Hall decided to walk away from the news organization altogether.
“I knew I had worked hard. I would do the Today Show
for three hours, 45 minutes in between, go to MSNBC, and every weekend I’d tape Deadline Crime
,” Hall said last year
. “I don’t begrudge anyone for taking a job offered to them. That’s not my journey. For me, [it’s] a universal feeling: We all want to feel appreciated—at work, in our lives, in relationships—and so that’s just what I felt. I didn’t have a chip on my shoulder. There were reports that I abruptly left and that’s a lie.”
It seems like Hall’s decision to assert her worth paid off. In addition to her new syndicated show, the 48-year-old journalist recently announced she’s pregnant with her first child.
“It’s clear a daytime talk show isn’t the only thing I’ve been trying to produce,” Hall wrote on Instagram earlier this month. “ My husband Steven and I are beyond excited!”
will hit TV screens on September 19.