Tamron Hall says she 'never dealt' cocaine after reports say she confessed to doing so

Rasha Ali, USA TODAY
Tamron Hall issued a statement in response to reports she confessed to selling drugs.

Tamron Hall is clearing the air after it was reported she revealed she used to "facilitate" selling cocaine as a teenager with her college boyfriend.

U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail first reported that Hall made the comment during a taping of her talk show on Tuesday, which producers edited out.

The former "Today" host issued a statement to People and Entertainment Weekly in which she denied dealing drugs.

"I never dealt drugs," Hall said. "I am now nearly 50 years old and was reflecting on a bad judgement call that could have turned worse."

She said that she was sharing a story from her teenage years about a bad situation she got herself into during an interview with prison rights advocate, Topeka Sam. Hall's interview with Sam aired on Wednesday as part of a segment on Cyntoia Brown.

"It was part of an open and honest conversation about women, incarceration and mistakes made," Hall added.

She said a portion of her segment was edited from the show for "legal reasons."

"I hope my show can be a forum for sharing stories without shame or judgment, including a conversation we’re having Friday on opioid addiction," Hall said.

USA TODAY has reached out to Hall's representatives for comment.

"The Tamron Hall Show" premiered Sep. 9 two years after she left NBC's "Today" show after losing her 9 a.m. hour with Al Roker to make way for the short-lived "Megyn Kelly Today."  

"I was heartbroken," Hall says of her decision to exit. "(Imagine) you've been putting in the work, and suddenly your employer says they're phasing you out. I had some suspicions, because I'm a reporter and I'm pretty intuitive, but no one wants to lose their job. It wasn't about who I was losing it to – it was like a relationship where you're putting in 100% and the person who's putting in less has the nerve to break up with you."

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Contributing Patrick Ryan

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