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WATCH: Tamron Hall Leaves Today and Donates Her Wardrobe to an HIV Charity

WATCH: Tamron Hall Leaves Today and Donates Her Wardrobe to an HIV Charity

Tamron Hall Leaves Today and Donates her Wardrobe to HIV Charity

The vibrant, outspoken host left Today and donated her wardrobe to the New York City-based HIV charity "Housing Works."

Tamron Hall announced she would be leaving NBC and the Today show just days after learning she’d be losing her 9 a.m. time slot to former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, who will be joining the show in September.

“After dramatically exiting Today after her show was axed to make way for Megyn Kelly," reported the New York Post, "Tamron Hall spent the day getting rid of her work clothes. Hall literally cleaned out her closet on Thursday, posting an online video of herself packing up her Today clothes to donate to the [HIV] charity Housing Works.

According to People Magazine, “Hall was equal parts furious, hurt and offended that she was essentially losing her highest profile role to Kelly, with nothing being offered in its place. Hall saw the move as a “demotion” and she wasn’t alone. The National Association of Black Journalists decried NBC’s decision to trade Hall and Roker’s show for the staunch conservative stylings of a high-profile Fox News alum as “whitewashing.” A rep for NBC later said in a statement saying that “NBC News has a long and proven history as an industry leader in newsroom diversity," and as result of the outcry, agreed to meet with representatives of NABJ to discuss the matter.

“I wanted to be Johnny Carson,” Hall told People last March in a revealing sit-down, opening up about her life and family tragedy (Hall’s sister was murdered in 2004). “I was a nosy kid. I was journaling and interviewing neighbors when I was like 4 and 5,” she said.

Housing Works's mission is to end "the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts." Founded in 1990 by four members of the legendary AIDS activist group ACT UP — Keith Cylar, Charles King, Eric Sawyer, and Virginia Shuber, Housing Works dedicated themselves to serving one of New York City’s most neglected populations: the tens of thousands of homeless men, women, and children in New York City living with HIV and AIDS.

The founders named the organization Housing Works because they believed stable housing was key to helping HIV-positive people live healthy and fulfilling lives and to prevent the further spread of the virus.

In 1995, Housing Works opened its first Thrift Shop, a “stylishly presented and frequently rotated merchandise sold not at rock-bottom prices, but at irresistible-bargain prices. While many were skeptical, the Thrift Shop proved it could raise significant amounts of revenue for services for people living with HIV/AIDS.”

Cheryl Grimm, Vice President of Thrift Retail for Housing Works said to Plus, “We are so thankful for Tamron Hall’s support of our organization and our mission to end AIDS and homelessness in New York! Her donations will help us continue to provide lifesaving services to those who need it, and also provide our customers with some gorgeous clothing, shoes, and accessories to take home. We hope to work with her in the near future!”


Today was a good day. Thank y'all for all the love and support. #tamcam @housingworks

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