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Tamron Hall ‘blew a gasket’ backstage after learning competitor Kelly Clarkson’s talk show was renewed before hers, as the host faces slipping ratings and claims from producers that she’s too controlling, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The former Today co-anchor launched the anticipated The Tamron Hall Show in September, premiering the same day as American Idol winner Clarkson’s show with a solid 1.4 rating.

But the 49-year-old’s ratings have slipped in the following months – down to a 1.0, while Clarkson’s stayed strong at 1.9, leading NBC to announce it was renewing her show for a second season.

When Hall heard the news she exploded, a source told DailyMail.com, and she screamed in a staff meeting: ‘We would have gotten an early renewal too if you were all doing a better job!’

The insider at Disney added: ‘She wasn’t mad per se that Kelly’s show got picked up for a second season, but she’s apparently frustrated with the direction of her show and afraid of it becoming a failure after walking away from her job at NBC and banking everything on this opportunity working. 

‘She’s been on edge since the show launched, but each week she’s become more and more difficult to work with.’

Tamron Hall ‘blew a gasket’ backstage after learning competitor Kelly Clarkson’s talk show was renewed before hers, as the host faces slipping ratings and claims from producers that she’s too controlling, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Hall's ratings have slipped in the following months - down to a 1.0, while Clarkson's stayed strong at 1.9, leading NBC to announce it was renewing her show for a second season. When Hall heard the news she exploded, a source told DailyMail.com, and screamed in a staff meeting: 'We would have gotten an early renewal too if you were all doing a better job!'

Hall’s ratings have slipped in the following months – down to a 1.0, while Clarkson’s stayed strong at 1.9, leading NBC to announce it was renewing her show for a second season. When Hall heard the news she exploded, a source told DailyMail.com, and screamed in a staff meeting: ‘We would have gotten an early renewal too if you were all doing a better job!’

In a statement, Hall said to DailyMail.com: ‘It’s ironic that a few days after I said on my show that I’ve seen ”men storm out of rooms, puffing and huffing, and no one says anything’ while ‘women [who] speak up [are viewed] as difficult” that someone would leak a false story about me being difficult. 

‘As I said live on my show while defending Gabriel Union, women are perceived as ‘difficult’ when they speak up. I have never once complained about Kelly’s renewal – I am so happy for my fellow Texan. I’m excited about my show and I can’t wait for season 2!’

William Burton, Disney TV’s SVP of Syndication, Daytime, & Sports, said in a statement to DailyMail.com: ‘We had an extremely successful launch. Disney, Tamron, and Bill Geddie are all very pleased with the direction and performance of the show, and we look forward to our continued success.’  

Despite Hall’s blow up, her show is still doing considerably well and is the highest debut of any other talk show, other than Clarkson’s, in the past five years. 

The launch of Hall’s show came with a big push from top network executives, after she called off her original deal with Harvey Weinstein’s company in the wake of the #MeToo allegations against him. 

In January 2019, Disney tapped award-winning producer Bill Geddie to executive produce the show.  

The source said: ‘Disney pulled out all of the big guns to make this show work. They got Bill Geddie out of retirement. Tamron is housed on the set that The Chew occupied for seven seasons.’

‘They hired producers from The View and The Wendy Williams Show. Making Tamron Hall’s show work was a priority to Disney for sure.’

In January 2019, Disney tapped award-winning producer Bill Geddie (pictured) to executive produce the show. But Hall and Geddie's working relationship was likened to 'two chemicals that are combustible when mixed,' the source said, adding that the 64-year-old Geddie is at his wits end trying to produce Hall

In January 2019, Disney tapped award-winning producer Bill Geddie (pictured) to executive produce the show. But Hall and Geddie’s working relationship was likened to ‘two chemicals that are combustible when mixed,’ the source said, adding that the 64-year-old Geddie is at his wits end trying to produce Hall

But the pressures to succeed have apparently taken a toll on Hall, who has developed a reputation for micromanaging every aspect of the show and making it challenging for the producers to produce the show.

‘This isn’t cable news where you can book a guest two hours beforehand or change your mind on a story the hour before the show,’ shared a show insider.

‘This is daytime talk and things must be planned in advance so that all of the elements line up. Either she’s having a hard time grasping that concept or just doesn’t care, but it has created a very challenging climate behind the scenes.’ 

According to the insider, producers have become so annoyed with Hall’s knack for complicating the least little things with the show, that they describe her controlling nature as the ‘Tamron Takeover.’

‘Whenever someone has been working on something that abruptly changes or they get orders to go in a different direction because she now doesn’t like it, people just vent ”another Tamron Takeover” has taken place,’ the source said.

Hall and Geddie’s working relationship was likened to ‘two chemicals that are combustible when mixed,’ the source said, adding the 64-year-old Geddie is at his wits end trying to produce Hall.

They said: ‘Bill wants to turn the ratings around to ensure that the show will return for a second season. He started explaining how he would like to retool the show some and Tamron has been resistant. 

‘This ultimately led to them having a blow-up and Bill told her frankly, ”if you f**k up this show, it’s your own doing. Lots of people walked away from secure jobs to bet on you and you’re putting them all in jeopardy.” Tamron was livid.

‘Tamron told him, this is my show and I call the shots. You may be the executive producer, but without Tamron Hall there is no Tamron Hall Show,’ the source continued, before emphasizing: ‘It was a nasty blow-up!’

'Whenever someone has been working on something that abruptly changes or they get orders to go in a different direction because she now doesn't like it, people just vent ''another Tamron Takeover'' has taken place,' the source said. Pictured: Hall with rapper Rick Ross in October

‘Whenever someone has been working on something that abruptly changes or they get orders to go in a different direction because she now doesn’t like it, people just vent ”another Tamron Takeover” has taken place,’ the source said. Pictured: Hall with rapper Rick Ross in October

Geddie hasn’t been as visible at the show since the verbal spat with Hall a week ago, creating great concern for the producing staff and support team at the show.

The source said: ‘Tamron is no Steve Harvey! She’s not sending out emails telling staffers not to look in her eyes and don’t speak to her in the hallways, but she is very controlling in a way that doesn’t foster a healthy environment for the people around her to do the jobs they’ve been hired to do. 

‘Her name may be on the marquee, but it takes a village to make a talk show a success and if she doesn’t grasp that concept soon, you’re going to see people getting off this ship before it starts to sink.’

The former MSNBC anchor and co-anchor of the third hour of the Today show left NBC in February 2017 after the network announced that it was bringing in former Fox News host Megyn Kelly to take over Today’s third hour. 

NBC offered to renew Hall’s contract despite her losing her hour on Today, but she opted to exit the job altogether.

The newlywed and mother of six-month old son Moses addressed why she left NBC during her appearance at the 2019 Vulture Festival in Los Angeles.

‘They wanted something that wasn’t me,’ Hall told moderator Tracy Clayton. ‘It wasn’t that I did not know my value. It’s that others did not know my value; it was an easy decision, because there was no other decision to make. 

‘At some point in all of our lives, the goalpost keeps getting moved to the point it’s invisible, and I’m not into being Charlie Brown to anyone’s Lucy, so I wasn’t going to keep kicking that football.’ 

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