'Today' Show Anchor We Won't Let Knife Attack Change Our Show

6/6/2013 9:40 AM PDT

'Today' Show Anchor Natalie Morales -- We Won't Let Knife Attack Change Our Show


The "Today" show will NOT STOP shooting segments outside the studio ... despite this morning's frightening incident with a knife-wielding man ... this according to co-anchor Natalie Morales.

Morales was leaving the studio after the show today (which happens to be her birthday) ... when she told us why she believes the show MUST continue to feature outdoor segments.

"It's part of our identity as the show," Morales said ... "We'll still be out there."

Morales also gave credit to the show's security team -- which took down the man when he started cutting himself in front of the crowd.