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Tamron Hall may have recently vacated her role on NBC’s the Today Show, but the veteran anchor’s likeness can still be seen on BET every Tuesday night.

Apparently Hall was the inspiration for the hit BET drama Being Mary Jane.

Show writer-producer Mara Brock Akil, told People that she used Hall as the muse for Gabrielle Union career-driven character. Akil who is good friends with Hall also defended her decision to leave just days after learning she’d be losing her 9 a.m. time slot to former Fox News star Megan Kelly.

“She wasn’t going to settle for sitting on the sidelines. In the end she basically said thank you, but no thank you,” said Akil. “Tamron’s a woman of integrity, and she’s writing her own story.”

 

But now, as Hall mulls her next move, the self-proclaimed workaholic is finally getting some time to focus on herself. As her pal Brock Akil says, “She deserves it.”

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Gina Torres Confirms Split From Laurence Fishburne After Photos Surface Of Her Kissing Another Man

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Well they kept that under the radar. Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne have split, but no one knew until now.

Photos of Torres kissing a mystery man hit the net Tuesday prompting folks to speculate that she was cheating on her husband of 14 years. But, according to Torres the couple have been separated since early fall of last year. The actress confirmed the news to PEOPLE in a statement saying:

“With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year. There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected.”

“Happily, however, our family remains intact and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe. As well as raise each other up with respect and love and the continued understanding that we’re in this together, if not side by side.”

Torres and Fishburne, 56, married in 2002 and share one daughter, Delilah Fishburne. The Black-ish star also has two children from a previous marriage: Montana and Langston Fishburne.

On Tuesday, Page Six posted photos of Torres kissing a new man, who has now been identified as Kevin Wright, an entrepreneur and solar energy investor from Utah who now lives in Southern California. According to the site, Wright was married for 20 years and recently split with his wife.

No word on how long the two have been dating.

In January 2016 Torres still referred to herself as Fishburne’s wife in an interview with Hello Magazine. But in September 2016, Torres told the New York Times that she had quit the USA drama “Suits” after six years partly because “my personal life needed to be tended to.”

It’s now being reported that she will be starring in a “Suits” spinoff slated to debut in 2018. She will also executive produce.

 

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