On March 4 Tamron Hall seemingly shocked many when she announced that she wasn’t only married but pregnant. The former “Today” host shared the news in her 32nd week of pregnancy and explained why she waited in a new interview with People.
“My doctor said, ‘This is your body, your health. You share of your journey what you want to share,'” said the 48-year-old. “I was terrified I would lose this baby, and I would have to go back and tell everyone that now it was bad news, and after this pregnancy had gone so far.”
“I just wasn’t mentally prepared to deal with that,” she added. “That’s why I waited. And trust me, if I could’ve gone the whole way to delivery, I would’ve.”
Hall and her husband, music manager Steven Greener, welcomed their son Moses on April 24, and the new mom said her pregnancy was high risk — not only due to her age, but because of “other medical factors.”
Moses is also Hall’s first child, and she talked about trying to conceive back in her younger years.
“I knew that the clock was not on my side” she explained. “When I tried in my 30s, I still felt like I had some time, and the fertility clinic felt like a bright room. In my 40s I saw all the gray: The faces looked gray, the walls were gray, nothing seemed shiny and optimistic.”
“Just like with my job search during that time, there were so many frustrations: I’m putting in the work, I’m taking care of my mind and my body and I’m being rejected,” she added. “I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute. What have I done wrong here?'”
And regarding Hall’s career, things suddenly shifted when she left NBC and stopped co-hosting the third hour of “Today,” “Today’s Take.”
But Hall said she holds no bitterness towards the ousted host.
“Let me be clear, I have no ill will toward Megyn,” she explained. “They made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. And they made me an offer I could refuse. But afterward, after 25 years in the business, I felt some of the offers that were coming in were insulting.”
“Like, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve been doing this a long time, and you’re coming to me with these odd little things?'” added Hall. “I felt like, ‘Wow, I’ve put in all this work thinking the right thing will come.’ Well, it was June, and the right thing had not come.”
The Texas native has a new syndicated talk show that premieres Sept. 9, and in retrospect she believes the career change was a huge blessing.
“I’m from the South, and there’s a saying: ‘It’s not a setback; it’s a setup for something else,'” she stated. “That loss set me up for, yes, a dream job but also my baby, my husband, my family. I just couldn’t see it coming.”