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Natalie Morales confirms she’s leaving Access Hollywood after reports Mario Lopez is replacing her

Natalie Morales confirms she’s OUT of Access Hollywood after getting fired from show… as Mario Lopez quietly gears up to replace her

  • Morales revealed in a memo to staff on Friday that she’s leaving Access Hollywood and Access Live
  • DailyMail.com was first to report in March that the 46-year-old was let go, along with show executive producer Rob Silverstein, who will be replaced by Maureen Fitzpatrick 
  • DailyMail.com revealed in January that Mario Lopez is set to become the star of a revamped version of Access Hollywood  

Natalie Morales has finally confirmed she’s leaving Access Hollywood and Access Live after three years co-hosting the shows, a month after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed she was let go from the program.

The 46-year-old journalist revealed her plans to Access staffers on Friday as Extra host Mario Lopez prepares to replace her as the new face of the daily entertainment news programs. 

Morales will still be working as West Coast anchor for NBC News’ Today and will also serve as a correspondent for Dateline. 

Morales’ memo read: ‘To my dear Access family, And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 years here with you and will treasure the memories and good times! 

She's out: Natalie Morales has confirmed that she's leaving Access Hollywood and Access Live a month after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed she was let go

She’s out: Natalie Morales has confirmed that she’s leaving Access Hollywood and Access Live a month after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed she was let go 

‘Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and for always bringing your A-game. I have so much to be grateful for and can’t name all of you… but I do have to especially thank Kit, Scott, Sibley and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.”

‘And thanks to our incredible producers, crew, assistants, wardrobe, hair and makeup teams.. I mean truly, I have a long list and hope to thank you each personally. Keep being the little engine that could!

‘As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!’ 

For now, Kit Hoover will continue as the anchor of Access Hollywood, and co-host with Scott Evans on daytime news and talk show Access Live.

Morales’ memo to Access staffers in full

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 years here with you and will treasure the memories and good times! Thank you for welcoming me with open arms and for always bringing your A-game. I have so much to be grateful for and can’t name all of you… but I do have to especially thank Kit, Scott, Sibley and Liliana for making it always a fun day “at work.” And thanks to our incredible producers, crew, assistants, wardrobe, hair and makeup teams.. I mean truly, I have a long list and hope to thank you each personally. Keep being the little engine that could!

As an “Air Force” brat who has had to say goodbye one too many times in my life.. I prefer to say see you all later … and by later I mean on the next red carpet or on the lot! I’m just a few studio gates away after all. Please stay in touch!

All my best.

Natalie

 

Morales' replacement has yet to be officially announced but DailyMail.com previously reported she was fired by NBC executives in order to make way for 'cheese ball' Mario Lopez

Morales’ replacement has yet to be officially announced but DailyMail.com previously reported she was fired by NBC executives in order to make way for ‘cheese ball’ Mario Lopez

Morales’ replacement has yet to be officially announced but DailyMail.com previously reported she was fired by NBC executives in order to make way for Mario Lopez. 

When asked by DailyMail.com when Lopez’s new role would be announced, a spokesperson would only say: ‘Mario is under contract with Extra/Warner Bros/Telepictures.’

Morales was let go along with the show’s longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein, who will be replaced by Maureen Fitzpatrick at both Access and Access Hollywood Live.  

Fitzpatrick was brought on by NBC as a consultant to fix the struggling show, but staffers say they feel the program has become boring and stale on her watch. 

A source told DailyMail.com in March that ‘beloved’ Morales was edged out by ‘giant cheese ball’ Lopez and staffers hadn’t been officially informed by higher-ups about the major switch-up.

Morales was let go along with the show's longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein (pictured), who will be replaced by Maureen Fitzpatrick at both Access and Access Hollywood Live Maureen Fitzpatrick will replace longtime show executive producer Rob Silverstein

Morales was let go along with the show’s longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein (pictured), who will be replaced by Maureen Fitzpatrick at both Access and Access Hollywood Live

‘NBC are trying to keep Natalie’s firing secret as they plan on announcing it just before the summer, but everyone knows,’ the source told DailyMail.com at the time. 

‘Natalie is going to be replaced by Mario Lopez who NBC has taken from Extra before Extra moves to FOX in the fall.

‘Mario has done a secret deal to be the new face of the show and this has pushed beloved Natalie out.

‘Everyone is p***ed as he is a giant cheese ball who is allergic to hard work. He’s not the face of the show we want.  

Lopez had been in talks with NBC executives since last summer and was even flown out to New York to help host the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting (pictured)

Lopez had been in talks with NBC executives since last summer and was even flown out to New York to help host the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting (pictured) 

DailyMail.com first revealed in January that Lopez was set to become the star of the revamped Access Hollywood. 

The 45-year-old had been in talks with NBC executives since last summer and was even flown out to New York City to help host the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lightening.

Insiders at Access said they believe hiring Lopez is a mistake, citing his philandering past, and think it would be a smarter move to bring back fan-favorite Billy Bush. 

Morales moved her family across the country to take over after Billy Bush left the show in 2016.   

Morales moved her family across the country to take over after Billy Bush left the show in 2016

Morales moved her family across the country to take over after Billy Bush left the show in 2016


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