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Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 5:37PM EST
Megyn Kelly will be free to take jobs at other news outlets after her NBC exit deal is complete
The former Megyn Kelly Today host is still negotiating her NBC News exit package, but Variety says its report that Kelly could take other job offers a sign that the exit talks are moving toward a close.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Today's third hour is leaving the former Megyn Kelly Today studio
The former home of Megyn Kelly Today, Studio 6A, will be abandoned as the third hour moves to the main studio, Studio 1A. The move is aimed at streamlining production and making the transition between shows seamless. The last broadcast from the Megyn Kelly Today studio will take place on Jan. 4.
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
It's time to bring back the Very Special Episode
Source: Los Angeles Magazine
The cheesy Very Special Episodes that were a staple of 1980s and 1990s sitcoms are desperately needed these days, a time of too little empathy, says Liz Ohanesian. She was thinking of the Very Special Episode while reading about Megyn Kelly's blackface controversy. "I think about these shows because, right now, American adults seem to need the sort of guidance that American kids once got from Very Special Episodes," says Ohansensian. "Megyn Kelly’s defense of blackface made me wonder if she ever saw the episode of Gimme a Break when Nell explained why it’s not OK. I didn’t even know what blackface was when I first saw that episode, but I understood that if you did something to upset the loving, maternal figure of a TV show that much, it must be terrible. Very Special Episodes were commonplace in the ’80s, and even into the ’90s, touching on everything from national news to issues like sexual abuse and racism. But times change, and so do TV audiences. The term 'very special episode,' once used as a marketing tag, became a catchall phrase to denote comedies that clunkily attempted to delve into the socially relevant topics of the day. It’s true that a lot of those Very Special Episodes were terrible. Even some that weren’t have moments that would be cringey by today’s standards." Ohanesian adds: "Maybe, it’s time for a Very Special Comeback. From America’s mass shooting epidemic to racist Halloween costumes, there are a lot of things that people either don’t understand or don’t want to understand—and it seems like social media often helps them remain willfully ignorant. Sometimes you need to sit in front of a bigger screen and take in the message without the option of rage-responding to the character who is speaking."
Posted Tuesday 11/20/18 at 1:24PM EST
Report: Megyn Kelly finalizing a $30 million NBC exit deal
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that Kelly could officially leave NBC as early as next week, with the network paying her $30 million. Kelly signed a $69 million deal in 2017.
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Today's third-hour ratings keep rising following Megyn Kelly Today's cancelation
Kelly's show attracted 675,000 viewers in the key 25-to-54 daytime demo in her last week on air. Last week, the second full week without Kelly, that demo number soared to 741,000 viewers.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 1:22PM EST
Today's third hour ratings improve without Megyn Kelly
Source: The Daily Beast
The 9 a.m. Today hour's ratings picked up 5% last week, the first full week since Megyn Kelly Today was canceled.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Charlize Theron reacts to playing Megyn Kelly amid the Megyn Kelly Today blackface scandal
“Listen, people are complicated," she tells Extra of her role in the movie about Fox News and Roger Ailes' sexual harassment scandal. “Honestly, I think the story broke on day two of shooting, which, at the beginning of production, everything is so insanely crazy. Obviously, we all saw it was happening. It's not what the movie is about.”
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Jane Fonda admits she feels bad for Megyn Kelly
The Grace and Frankie star, who famously butted heads with Kelly during Megyn Kelly Today's first week, tells ET: "I feel badly, because, you know, I wanted her to make it, I did. That's always how everyone learns, through making mistakes. It's through failure that we grow and learn. I know that has been true for me, and I think it is for everybody."
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Lachlan Murdoch ends speculation that Megyn Kelly will return to Fox News
The 21st Century Fox executive chairman, who will lead New Fox, said of Kelly potentially returning to Fox News: "I'm a big fan of Megyn's. I like her a lot. We didn't want her to leave Fox when she did. Having said that, I'm very happy with our current lineup on Fox, and we won't be making any changes there." ALSO: Kelly reportedly apologized to Real Housewives star Luann de Lesseps after blackface controversy.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
Megyn Kelly's attorney accuses NBC of leaking dirt on her
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
One day after sending out a statement saying NBC News chairman "Andy Lack needs to stop," Kelly's attorney Bryan Freedman released a new statement Wednesday apparently in response to reports in The Daily Mail and TMZ saying she wants an extra $10 million to sign a confidentiality agreement. "Despite my efforts to handle this process confidentially, NBC News is allowing the media to run with completely false and irresponsible reports that disparage Megyn by erroneously claiming she has ever asked for more money than her contract requires," Freedman said in a statement sent to the media Wednesday. "If NBC News is not the source then they have a responsibility as a news division to correct these false claims. Or are they somehow attempting to use these fabrications for some fictitious advantage in the discussions we’re having? If Andy Lack has lost control, my hope would be that Steve Burke can step in and not permit blatant lies about our discussions to remain uncorrected." An NBC spokesperson responded: “Unlike Mr. Freedman, who has repeatedly commented to the media throughout the negotiations, we respect the confidentiality of the process, and will have no comment until it reaches its conclusion.” ALSO: Kelly slams The Daily Mail for lurking outside her home and publishing photos of her family.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Megyn Kelly's lawyer accuses NBC News of leaking her exit talks: "Andy Lack needs to stop"
Source: Page Six
Bryan Freedman, the lawyer Kelly hired late last week to represent her to settle her NBC contract, issued a statement Tuesday calling out NBC News' chairman by name while saying NBC was leaking rumors that Kelly was seeking more than she was owed. “Out of respect for the discussions, I am not going to share more details but any suggestion that Megyn is looking for more than her contract is untrue," Freedman said in his statement. "This is clearly planted by NBC News to continue its mission to harm Megyn and gain some sort of leverage. It won’t work. Andy Lack needs to stop.” An anonymous NBC insider fired back, telling Page Six: “That’s delusional, her attorney should look inside his camp for any leaks about the discussions. These are desperate attempts to distract from the main issue: Her offensive comments on live TV about blackface.”
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 6:44AM EDT
Megyn Kelly's exit negotiations are hung up on money and an NDA clause
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kelly is resisting the NDA, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which adds: "Sources say the talks naturally slowed somewhat over the weekend, but ramped up again on Monday. Among the issues the sides are haggling over: money and a non-disclosure and non-disparagement clause." Meanwhile, NBC News chairman Andy Lack is resisting giving her a hefty payout on her $69 million contract. “A lot has changed in the last year and this isn’t looking like a ‘Here’s your check, let’s call it a day’ resolution now,” an NBC source tells Deadline. Another source tells Deadline that the blackface incident "crossed a line for us and no one wants to reward what was unacceptable behavior by Megyn or anyone else."
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Megyn Kelly was America's least-liked TV news personality before her blackface controversy
The Q Scores Company found that the former Megyn Kelly Today host had a Positive Q Score of 8. Q Scores measure a celebrity likability based on semi-regular surveys.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Today's third hour kicks off its post-Megyn Kelly era
”We are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show,” Hoda Kotb began the 9 a.m. hour, titled Today Third Hour, joined by Craig Melvin and Al Roker. Megyn Kelly's name wasn't mentioned. (Savannah Guthrie was in Pittsburgh to report on Saturday's synagogue shooting.) As Variety reports, "to ease the transition, NBC had Jenna Bush Hager stationed in Studio 6A, the studio that has been used to broadcast Megyn Kelly Today live. She picked up host duties after the show’s first 20 minutes. Producers wanted to close the first two hours as they always have – from the home base, Studio 1A – so they kicked off the 9 a.m. hour there." Hager was joined by Melvin and Roker as they did live segments about cooking and Halloween before a studio audience. Kelly's old set is expected to be used for much of Today's third hour going forward. As Lloyd Grove notes, "the drama surrounding Kelly—which had overwhelmed cable and social media for most of last week—was very much beside the point on Monday. Perhaps unavoidably, the inaugural Megyn-less program was a strange hodgepodge of grave foreboding and forced bonhomie."
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
NBC shouldn't be absolved for the Megyn Kelly debacle
Source: The Atlantic
From NBC News chairman Andy Lack saying "I condemn those remarks" to making sure that Today and NBC Nightly News covered Kelly's blackface controversy as a major news story, it seems like NBC is displaying "performances of innocence," says Megan Garber. "And yet NBC—there is a creaking inevitability to every element of this—is now trying to get ahead of the story that happens to be, once again, about itself," she says. "It is attempting to frame Kelly’s departure as a matter of morality rather than a matter of money." But don't forget that Lack has overseen the Access Hollywood Donald Trump tapes debacle, the Ronan Farrow Harvey Weinstein reporting debacle and the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct debacle. As Garber points out, NBC "has this week gone through its own ritual of attempted public conversion. NBC, too, is apolitical, the network is suggesting on its own behalf, as it reportedly prepares to pay Kelly a massive sum to take her act elsewhere. It, too, is innocent. After all, couldn’t the newscaster who insisted that 'Santa just is white' have changed her attitude, under NBC’s warm influence? Can’t a tiger change its stripes? NBC, too, was just asking questions." But Garber adds: "Here is another question, though: What if, when Megyn Kelly wondered aloud why blackface is bad, her ratings had been high? What if she had been a darling of advertisers? What if she had proved better able to return on the massive investment NBC had made in her, and for her? Here is the answer: NBC would very likely, right now, be selling a line about the relatability of Megyn Kelly’s confusion—about how so many Americans have more to understand about their shared history and shared culture, about the ways Kelly’s questions, innocent if ignorant, represent, in the end, a learning opportunity for all. Megyn Kelly, right now, would very likely be undergoing another time-honored American ritual, this one anchored in the sweeping demands of celebrity: the solemn ceremonies of 'moving on.' Apology, forgiveness, forgetfulness—the prodigal daughter, returned to 30 Rock once more."
- "The problem with Megyn Kelly Today is that it was always a morning talk show about a woman who really wanted a morning talk show," says Hank Stuever. "She came to it with only a nominal interest in anything but herself. She treats everything as a subject and only goes with what she think she already knows. She never had empathy, she's not a good listener, and she loves to make excuses. And for all the talk about how smart she is, she never seemed to do any homework. That's how you wind up being a person in 2018 who hasn't figured out why blackface is not okay and how culture and history got to the mutual understanding that it isn't."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Kelly's blackface defense was "hate-crime adjacent": "She’s an educated person with a news background, so there’s no way she is not informed on the issue. Which means she deliberately, without regard to the harm she would inflict on people of color, chose to pull out this old controversy. Not quite a hate crime, but hate crime-adjacent."
- How does NBC News chairman Andy Lack still have a job with a "record of deep shame" overseeing so many controversies?
- Kelly learned that TV star power is a delicate thing and cannot easily be transplanted -- just ask Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Jane Pauley and Anderson Cooper
- Networks won't touch Kelly if she leaves NBC News: She'll have very few big-time career opportunities
- Geraldo Rivera again defends Kelly: "She said something stupid, but she didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. She was just telling the truth about how she was raised and how things were back in the day."
- Could NBC News keep Kelly in an "Ann Curry situation" -- giving her fake jobs to save face?
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