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Today’s Natalie Morales to Co Host ‘Access Hollywood’

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Today show host Natalie Morales will make a cross country move as she takes on the new role of West Coast anchor for the popular morning show, according to Deadline.

Along with hosting the same show from Los Angeles, Morales, 43, will also take on hosting roles at Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live.

News of Morales’ big move came on the heels of reports that Billy Bush, 44, would be exiting Access Hollywood – where he’s been a co-anchor since 2004 – to join Today.

In a memo from Today, obtained by Deadline, the show’s SVP Noah Oppenheim announced the news to employees.

“I’m writing with excited news – this summer, Natalie Morales will move to LA to become Today’s West Coast Anchor… She’ll continue to play a prominent role on Dateline,” Oppenheim wrote, also including her other two gigs. “With our show’s increasing focus on West Coast stories, it became clear to me that having a permanent anchor presence in LA would be of enormous value.”

Morales first joined the morning show in 2006, beginning as a national correspondent before moving up to co-anchor in 2008.