Morales, who has served as a host for “Today” and correspondent for “NBC’s Dataline”, is leaving the network to join CBS as host of its evening show “The Talk.”
Friday, “today” subscriber A touching farewell clip in which Morales reflected on her career in the network.
“Dear viewer, from the moment you stepped in front of the camera and walked into your living rooms, I knew it was an honor to be a part of your morning tradition and holy time,” Morales said. “With you, I sat in the front row for the moments that captured our hearts, moments I will cherish forever as I watched history.”
Morales recalled her coverage of saving 33 Chilean miners, two royal weddings, eight Olympians and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing crossed the finish line in the following year’s race.
“He has also inspired me to run and gather thousands for their cause thanks to your support,” Morales said. “So many extraordinary people have influenced our lives, and they have trusted us on their amazing journeys.”
She concluded, “Dear viewer, you and my family ‘Today’ have given me a place I will connect with forever. Thanks for all those mornings and lifetime memories we’re sharing now. With all my love and gratitude, Natalie.”
Morales sat with her “Today” co-hosts — Al Roker, Craig Melvin, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly — in farewell toast.
“For 22 years, no matter what you did, Natalie, I’m still the same person,” said Rucker. “You are wonderful and warm. You have always been a good friend to everyone who has been here. You treat everyone equally. I adore you.”
Morales’ final story aired on “Dateline NBC” on Friday.