Kelly Clarkson Reportedly In Talks To Replace Megyn Kelly On ‘Today’ Show
- Author: Michelle Webb Oct 26, 2018,
Oct 26, 2018, 1:37
Regarding reports of her departure, neither NBC or Kelly have issued statements on the matter.
TV host Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy but her latest comments about "blackface" may have gotten her NBC morning show canceled. But for advertisers, it's just another blip of drama in a news marketplace that has become littered with calls for boycotts and demands to pull talking heads off networks.
#3: Megyn's ratings proved to be so bad that her show dragged down the entire NBC afternoon lineup.
The whole blow-up took place following Tuesday's show in which Kelly defended a white person wearing blackface for Halloween, or a black person who put on whiteface during a panel discussion with Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff, and Melissa Rivers. "I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor and I want to be part of that".
The journalist, who got her start as an attorney, said that when she was "a little girl", born in IL and then raised in upstate NY, "I hated the non-traditional spelling because I wanted the monogrammed mugs, plaques, and other things with the name on them - always spelled 'Megan.' Now I like the unusual spelling, and some of our viewers tell me they've actually adopted it for their own little 'Megyns'". Megyn Kelly Today aired a taped re-run Thursday during its 9 a.m. hour of the Today show and plans to do the same on Friday.
It is unclear if she will remain with the network in a lesser role. Furthermore, NBC has long had a policy against having sponsored integration in a news-focused program like The Today Show.
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The event was billed as a lunch at the White House to discuss prison reform, jobs for African-Americans and Chicago violence. She secured a pardon for a great-grandmother who had been serving a life sentence for drugs offences.
Today, Graham is Trump's golfing buddy, and Fox News - which has long-since abandoned its move to the middle - is Trump's network of choice, so much so that it is often referred to derisively by rival networks as "state media".
Kelly reportedly signed with NBC in 2017 and was given a $20 million per year contract.
An interview with Jane Fonda turned testy when Kelly brought up plastic surgery, prompting the actress to raise an eyebrow and ask, "We really want to talk about that now?"
NBC News declined to comment on Kelly's status with the network. And while we're at it, what is Megyn Kelly's net worth and salary? The segment was down almost 30 percent in the key adults 25-54 demo last season compared to the 9 a.m. hour when it was hosted by Tamron Hall in 2017.
"The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country, because this is a history, going back to the 1830s minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race", said Roker, according to the Hollywood Reporter. After just eight episodes, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" was pulled, but not before Kelly had drummed up some controversy.