Megyn Kelly is once again at the center of controversy.
The former Fox News anchor jumped to NBC.
But the transition has been anything but smooth, and now she is in the middle of another storm.
When Kelly moved to NBC, she was promised a weekday talk show, a Sunday night news magazine program and a role with NBC News for breaking stories.
But her daytime talk show has yet to be announced, and it is already causing problems.
NBC made room for Kelly’s new program by canceling the popular “Today’s Take” 9 a.m. hour show hosted by Al Roker and Tamron Hall.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
NBC is dropping the third hour of its morning show “Today” to make room for a new talk show with former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
Staffers of the third-hour show, known as “Today’s Take,” were informed of the decision after Friday’s program. An NBC representative declined to comment.
Kelly’s new show will debut in the fall and air in the 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. hour, said two people familiar with the plans who were not authorized to comment publicly.
If it airs at 10 a.m., the current fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will move to 9 a.m.
Other people who work at “Today” who have been briefed on the plans but were not authorized to discuss them said NBC News is leaning toward giving Kelly the 10 a.m. slot with a live show in front of a studio audience. If that’s the case, it will not have the “Today” brand name.
The move caused tension at the Today Show and NBC.
Celebrity Insider reports:
A source said staffers are confused, and they do not know if they will keep their jobs if Kelly decides she wants to hire fresh faces.
According to Radar: “It is a mess and causing massive internal drama. The staff at the Today Show’s 9 and 10 am hour do not know if they should be looking for new jobs.”
Gifford and Kotb are among those left in the dark.
The insider added: “Kathie Lee and Hoda have been kept in the dark about what is happening to their show and are livid. And now Megyn is pissed that she’s going to get a slow rollout starting with just a weekend show that no one cares about.”
NBC has only added to the intrigue by not announcing a start date for Kelly’s show.
This has also reportedly upset Kelly.
Celebrity Insider also reports:
Kelly is not thrilled by her quiet rollout.
“She was promised fireworks and a huge advertising campaign around her debut,” the person shared. “Now it doesn’t even look like she will be getting a weekday show until the end of the year. They have managed to piss off everyone!”
Kelly became a controversial figure during the 2016 election.
She angered many conservatives by firing personal attack questions at Donald Trump during the first 2016 Republican Presidential debate.
Trump then boycotted a second Fox debate that she was set to co-host.
Kelly was applauded by left-wing media outlets for her treatment of Trump, but she alienated Fox News viewers.
She could be facing a difficult situation at NBC.
Kelly has been off the air for months, and there is no guarantee her audience from Fox will follow her new show.
And liberal viewers could see her as a former Fox News host and judge her to be too conservative.
Will Kelly’s new show at NBC succeed?
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