After 22 years on the show, Natalie Morales, today’s Natalie Morales, breaks down in tears on the final episode.

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After 22 years on the show, Natalie Morales, today’s Natalie Morales, breaks down in tears on the final episode.

As she celebrated 22 years on the air with the morning news broadcast, NATALIE Morales broke down in tears.

As she begins her new role on The Talk, the TODAY show star has opted to “try something new.”

Natalie, 49, sobbed as she said her goodbyes to her 22-year co-stars and reflected on some of her “most memorable experiences” on the show.

“Sorry, I’m emotional,” the anchor said as she dabbed her eye with a tissue following the video montage.

“I couldn’t keep it together even when I was tracking that,” she exclaimed.

Natalie’s co-stars have also voiced their admiration for the long-time correspondent, calling her “a jewel.”

After more than two decades on television, the journalist said her goodbyes to her Studio 1A family and sent a message to her devoted admirers.

“Greetings, viewers… “I knew it was an honor to be a part of your morning tradition, the most precious hour, from the moment I stepped in front of the camera and into your living rooms,” she wrote in a letter read on TODAY.

“As I experienced history with you, I’ve had a front-row seat to events that captured our hearts, ones I’ll never forget.”

“I traversed the country with some of America’s most powerful leaders, covering some of the most remarkable tales, such as the rescue of 33 Chilean miners who had been buried underground for 69 days.”

“We witnessed a miracle as a group. I’ve attended two royal weddings and presided over the first royal birth in decades in London. My highlight reel is forever full of events.” After reminiscing over years of amazing projects and tales, the NBC star concluded by saying: “Dear viewers, you and my TODAY family have provided me with a place I can call home for the rest of my life.

“Thank you for all those mornings and the memories we now have. Natalie, with all my love and thanks.” Natalie announced her resignation from the TODAY show in October, announcing that she would be joining the cast of CBS’s The Talk.

Following Elaine Welteroth’s departure in late August, the mother of two began co-hosting alongside Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.

She added in a statement at the time: “Joining this team at The Talk is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I’m so happy to join Sheryl, Amanda, Jerry, and Akbar, and I’m really excited about the new energy and direction.

“I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun while discussing the themes of the day, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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