Tamron Hall is adamantly denying that she sold cocaine as a teenager after she allegedly admitted to “facilitating” the sale of the drug with her college boyfriend on a recent episode of her talk show.
In a statement issued to PEOPLE on Thursday, Hall, 49, claimed “I never dealt drugs” and said that a segment of her show was edited out due to “legal reasons.”
“During an interview with Prison Rights Advocate Topeka Sam, I shared a story about a bad situation I got myself into when I was 19. I never dealt drugs,” said Hall.
“I am now nearly 50 years old and was reflecting on a bad judgement call that could have turned worse,” the talk show host explained. “I say but for the grace of God, there go I.”
“It was part of an open and honest conversation about women, incarceration and mistakes made,” she continued. “For legal reasons a portion of that segment was edited from the show. I hope my show can be a forum for sharing stories without shame or judgement — including a conversation we’re having Friday on opioid addiction.”
Hall’s statement comes in response to a recent report by The Daily Mail that stated producers had to frantically edit her talk show at the last minute after she confessed to her audience on Tuesday’s episode that she used to “facilitate” selling cocaine when she was a teenager with her college boyfriend.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Joelle Goldstein