Natalie Morales Exiting 'Access Hollywood'

After three years on NBC's Access Hollywood and Access Live, Natalie Morales is bowing out as a co-host of the entertainment news programs.

Variety reports that Morales will continue working for NBC News as West Coast anchor for the Today show and as a correspondent for Dateline. Her exit comes a few weeks after Access replaced longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein with Maureen FitzPatrick.

Kit Hoover will remain anchor of the early-evening Access show and co-host with Scott Evans of Access Live. Morales is not expected to be immediately replaced.

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In a memo Morales sent her Access co-staffers, she thanked them for her three "wonderful years."

"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," Morales wrote. "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!

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"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!" she wrote.

In 2016, Morales transitioned from co-anchor of NBC's East Coast-based TODAY Show to West Coast anchor and host of Access Hollywood. At the time, NBC was looking to move then-Access anchor Billy Bush to Today's 9 a.m. hour.