A former MSNBC anchor and national correspondent for NBC News is doing damage control after a report surfaced that she admitted to “facilitating” the sale of cocaine back in her college years. People reports that Tamron Hall denied selling cocaine as a teenager after word surfaced about the alleged revelation during a taping for her new talk show.
The segment was reportedly deleted from her self-titled talk show.
“In a statement issued to People on Thursday, Hall, 49, claimed ‘I never dealt drugs’ and said that a segment of her show was edited out due to ‘legal reasons,'” People reports.
The report quotes Hall’s statement saying: “During an interview with Prison Rights Advocate Topeka Sam, I shared a story about a bad situation I got myself into when I was 19. I never dealt drugs. … I am now nearly 50 years old and was reflecting on a bad judgement call that could have turned worse.”
Hall added that the incident “was part of an open and honest conversation about women, incarceration and mistakes made. For legal reasons a portion of that segment was edited from the show. I hope my show can be a forum for sharing stories without shame or judgement.”
Hall’s statement followed a report by the U.K. publication The Daily Mail saying Hall “shocked her studio audience — and network executives — during Tuesday’s taping when she admitted to ‘facilitating’ the sale of the drug with her college boyfriend, sources said.
“Production insiders told DailyMail.com Hall’s admission threw ABC for a loop forcing frantic producers to cut it from the pre-recorded program.”