Tamron Hall has found herself in the middle of the widening Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. The Hollywood producer has been accused to sexually harassing, assaulting and raping a growing list of women that includes Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and more.
Unfortunately, Hall, after leaving NBC when she learned she’d be bumped from her highly rated Today Show time slot to make room for ex-Fox host Megyn Kelly, signed a deal for a daytime talk show with the Weinstein Company. Now that Harvey has been fired from the company, what happens with Hall’s show?
In an exclusive interview with HuffPost, Hall said she was in her home state of Texas visiting Safe Haven Shelter for Women when she found out about the Times exposé, and said she found the allegations and what Weinstein admitted to directly to be “horrifying.”
“It’s a woman’s worst nightmare to be in a situation where you believe someone more powerful has control over your life,” Hall said. “I immediately thought about the women who have suffered in silence and were paralyzed by fear; fear that I’ve seen with domestic violence survivors; fear that I’ve seen when I interviewed women who were raped on their college campuses.”
Hall said she first got to know Weinstein last February shortly after she decided to leave NBC and MSNBC when they announced that they were replacing her and Al Roker with Megyn Kelly for the third hour of the “Today” show. While Weinstein never behaved inappropriately with her, Hall said the only thing that matters is what he has admitted to doing and what his women accusers have said.
Hall spoke to Weinstein at 5 a.m. the morning after the Times story came out and confronted him with the allegations and his admission, she said. She described her approach to Weinstein in the call as one of “take no prisoners.” And while Weinstein apologized to her and told her he needed help, Hall is now working with her agents to figure out next steps on a talk show development deal she signed with The Weinstein Co. three months ago.
Hall’s sister Renate was killed in 2004 after a series of violent altercations with a boyfriend who became a person of interest in the case. Despite that, the murder remains unsolved.