Goodbyes are never easy, but they give us a rare opportunity to look back on what happened before us with clarity and gratitude.
TODAY’s Natalie Morales gave us all that opportunity on Friday morning, like she said goodbye to both her Studio 1A family and to the audiences who made her 22 years at NBC so special.
And before leaving, she shared an emotional message.
“Dear viewers… From the moment I stepped in front of the camera and into your living room, I knew it was an honor to be part of the morning tradition, the most sacred time of the day. friends,” she wrote in a letter read TODAY. “With you, I got a first seat for the moments that captured our hearts, moments that I will forever cherish as I witnessed history.
“I have traveled across the country with some of the leaders of the United States and recounted the most incredible stories – like the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days. Together we witnessed a miracle. I have enjoyed two royal weddings and held court in London waiting for the first royal birth in decades. Forever events on my featured reels. “
Not all stories are celebration, of course, but she continued, adding that “even when the stories break our hearts, I find hope and inspiration.” in a lot of people have won, like Celeste Corocoran and her daughter Sydney, who survived a year later helping her sister, Carmen Acabo, finally cross the never-ending finish line in Boston. I am also inspired to run and raise thousands of people for their cause with your support.
“So many extraordinary people have touched our lives, trusting us with their inspirational journeys.”
One journey that has stood out to her over the years has been Journey of 2020.
“We raised a whole bunch of kids as I followed the classroom of 2020 from kindergarten through their senior year,” she wrote.
“And as the world celebrates, I have to mingle with the contenders while competing in eight Olympics, from Athens to Tokyo.”
“I had an audience with some of the hottest guests of our day and carpet-to-carpet celebrities,” she added of the many stars she’s had the opportunity to meet and interview. .
Natalie then reflected on her own extraordinary experiences during her stay.
“No one ever dared to shy away from trying something new, I had so many amazing adventures,” she recalls. “We had a lot of laughs. Many people in my expenses, I’m sure you’ll agree. And shared the most important moments, when both of my children were born. I sensed your good wishes and you felt my joy in seeing them grow. “
Finally, she wrote, “Dear viewers, you and my TODAY family have given me a place that I will forever call home. Thank you for all those mornings and wonderful memories. life that we share with all my love and gratitude, Natalie.”
Natalie announced her plans to leave NBC in October, after 22 years with the network and 15 years here on TODAY.
At that time, TODAY executive producer Tom Mazzarelli sent a letter to NBC News employees celebrating Morales for her decades of incredible work.
“She was given an opportunity that she is passionate about and has decided to leave NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here,” he wrote. “So join me in wishing her nothing but the best from her family here TODAY.”
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