October 25, 2019
Tamron Hall Opened Friday’s Show With A Personal Moment -- A Conversation Around Having A Second Baby And Potentially Exploring Surrogacy
Tamron Also Welcomes Nine-Time Olympic Track And Field Medalist Allyson Felix Who Shares Why She’s No Longer Sponsored By Nike After Deciding To Start A Family
The October 25th edition of “Tamron Hall” sparked many important and timely conversations around motherhood, beginning with the top of the show where Tamron revealed she’s considering having a second child. As an introduction to the upcoming hour, which included intimate sit-downs with a woman who developed a rare cancer caused by pregnancy and Olympian Allyson Felix who shared how pregnancy affected her career, Tamron addressed the audience: “So many people have asked me if I will have a second baby. Will I have a second baby? I don’t know why people keep asking me that, because my new baby is only six months. But the answer is, I would love to have a second child and one of the things I’m considering is surrogacy for very, very personal reasons that I’ll challenge you to think about one day, but not today.”
Tamron’s first guest was Las Vegas TV news anchor (KSNV News), Michelle Velez, who opened up about how doctors discovered her rare cancer caused by pregnancy, and what the public response has been since she shared her story. It was when she opened up about her situation that Velez realized that she was not alone: “They say this is one in every one thousand pregnancies and they say that’s rare, but to me, that’s not rare. And I’ve really noticed how many people have been affected by this. I’ve been contacted by people literally from all over the world and I think the problem is that no one ever has talked about this, no one knew anything about this...It’s just this really random, shocking thing. How can you go from being pregnant to having cancer and not know that that can happen?”
Also, the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, Allyson Felix, joined Tamron to share the fears she had about revealing her pregnancy and how it ultimately changed the course of her career. The nine-time Olympic medalist who was sponsored by Nike for eight years, spoke out in a powerful way via a New York Times OpEd when her contract negotiations reached a standstill. When explaining the fall-out with Nike to Tamron, Felix said: “It was already very scary to disclose my pregnancy. And then where things really broke down in negotiations was when I asked for protection surrounding maternity and language in contracts, and that’s because it’s not just about myself it’s for future generations to come to be able to have that security.”
When asked whether she thought that Nike worried Felix’s value would decrease after becoming a mother, she answered: “Of course, yeah. I think a lot of women experience that and I definitely felt that and I knew it wasn’t true. I know what women can do and what we’re built for and so I was confident in myself.”
Tamron later surprised Felix by inviting her mentor and Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee to speak to Felix and the ‘Tamron Hall’ audience via skype.
On her relationship with Felix and her recent efforts, Joyner-Kersee said:
“Just to be a part of her journey and just to see how she has grown and how she takes on challenges and never changes who she is and to have this young voice now - that she can reach millions and millions of young girls around this nation as well as the world.”
Listings for “Tamron Hall” the week of October 28 are below. Upcoming, highlights include rapper and actor T.I., the legendary singer-songwriter Chaka Khan and more.
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“Tamron Hall” (tamronhallshow.com), broadcasting from New York City, features a dynamic mix of live and taped shows. From the deeply moving to the purely fun, the nationally syndicated show is a daily destination for all things topical and a platform for viewers to connect with the people who are shaping our world through meaningful, engaging and entertaining conversations. As a new mom, a newlywed and a new force in Daytime, proving you can accomplish anything at any age, Tamron Hall brings a refreshing, relatable, unpredictable and unstoppable voice to television. “Tamron Hall” is executive produced by Bill Geddie and Tamron Hall. Talia Parkinson-Jones is co-executive producer.
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