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Tamron Hall Backed Out of Anchoring Nightly News To Avoid Reporting on Prince

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 5.01.46 PMLast night and tonight, Tamron Hall was slated to fill in for Lester Holt on NBC’s Nightly News. She canceled last minute and now, it appears that the reason was her close friendship with music icon Prince.

It was confirmed yesterday that Prince died of an opioid overdose, meaning she would have had to go over that information on air as Holt’s replacement.

Here’s what Page Six learned from a source:

Tamron and NBC News execs discussed it and decided together it was best for her to not fill in [Thursday or Friday]. She’s been open about her friendship with Prince, so for her, this is more than a news story. She’ll fill in again soon.

All in all, this was probably the right move on the part of Hall and the network, but it is still a sad situation.

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