*Tamron Hall reportedly admitted on her talk show earlier this week that she helped “facilitate” the sale of cocaine with her college boyfriend when she was a teenager
In a statement on Thursday, Hall, 49, claimed “I never dealt drugs” and said that a segment of her show was edited out due to “legal reasons.”
“During an interview with Prison Rights Advocate Topeka Sam, I shared a story about a bad situation I got myself into when I was 19. I never dealt drugs,” said Hall.
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“I am now nearly 50 years old and was reflecting on a bad judgment call that could have turned worse,” the talk show host explained. “I say but for the grace of God, there go I.”
“It was part of an open and honest conversation about women, incarceration and mistakes made,” she continued. “For legal reasons, a portion of that segment was edited from the show. I hope my show can be a forum for sharing stories without shame or judgment — including a conversation we’re having Friday on opioid addiction.”
Hall’s statement is in response to The Daily Mail report that she confessed to her audience on Tuesday’s episode that she used to “facilitate” selling cocaine with her college boyfriend way back in the day.
The former “Today” show host left NBC in 2017 at the end of her contract and following the news of Megyn Kelly essentially replacing her.
Hall explained to Good Housekeeping that she opted to leave the show after realizing the network “wanted something else” and it just wasn’t her.
She now realizes leaving the Today show was for the better as it has opened up better opportunities for her.
“I don’t think I’ve ever said this out loud, but every ‘no’ that I received in my life, and there have been many, it’s made sense at some point in time,’ she told the publication.