Access Hollywood, now known simply as Access, is a weekly program that brings you the top news in entertainment. The show premiered on September 9, 1996, and is still going strong today.
You can check out Access Hollywood weekdays at 7:30pm ET/PT on NBC.
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Access Hollywood is hosted by Natalie Morales, and these days, it is heavily focused on celebrities in the entertainment industry. Correspondents on the show are Tim Vincent, Kit Hoover, Scott Evans, and Alex Hudgens.
Morales, who also works as a correspondent for Dateline, is the Today Show West Coast anchor.
She was born in Taiwan, and was an airforce brat. Speaking in an interview with a variety of other broadcasters, Morales explained, “I lived in Panama, Brazil, Spain, Delaware. My mother is Brazilian my father is Puerto Rican.”
Morales attended Rutgers University, where she received her degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. After graduating, she worked at Chase Bank for a brief period of time before turning to journalism.
In May, CNN announced that NBC would be moving Morales to Los Angeles to be the network’s West Coast anchor.
Producer Noah Oppenheim, who became the executive in charge of the morning show last year, said of Morales’ switch, ” “Natalie has already been spending a lot of time in California, reporting live from special events like the Oscars, Golden Globes and Latin American Music Awards, conducting celebrity interviews and set visits, and spearheading two big series spotlighting women who are leaders in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. With our show’s increasing focus on West Coast stories, it became clear to me that having a permanent anchor presence in L.A. would be of enormous value.”