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Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Gretchen Carlson pens open letter to Miss America Cara Mund: "I have never bullied or silenced you"
The Miss America Pageant chair tweeted an open letter response Sunday night to reigning Miss America Mund's open letter accusing Carlson and the pageant's leadership of bullying, manipulating and silencing her. Carlson explains that she's been unsuccessful in her attempts to reach Mund since her open letter came out Friday, as Mund only wants to communicate via email. The former Fox News anchor goes on to write she was "surprised and saddened" by Mund's letter. "I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you," she writes. "In fact, I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustrations of serving during such a change-filled and stressful year." Since Mund's letter came out, Carlson writes, "we learned that $75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter. The impact won’t stop there — we are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown." ALSO: Two former Miss Americas are expected to denounce Carlson Monday on Megyn Kelly Today.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Megyn Kelly's idea to boost Oscar ratings: Ditch Republican-bashers like Jimmy Kimmel
“I would also say for the record, maybe choose a host – because the last time around they had Jimmy Kimmel,” Kelly said on Megyn Kelly Today. “I know a lot of people love Jimmy, but he’s openly said he has disdain for Republicans, that they’re stupid, and he doesn’t want them watching his shows if they disagree with any of his opinions. That does not tend to help your ratings.”
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
Megyn Kelly weeps on air over the loss of her beloved dog
Source: Page Six
“I just want to steal a personal moment and say, something sad happened in my life on Friday — hope I can get through this — but my dog died,” Kelly said on Megyn Kelly Today of her dog Basha, who was with her for 14 years. “Already I’m not through it, but yeah, Basha died and it was super sad.” Kelly said she was touched to receive so much support on Twitter, noting that the social media platform can be a nasty place.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Megyn Kelly defends Miss America swimsuit competition, criticizes former Fox News colleague Gretchen Carlson's pageant changes
Source: The Daily Beast
Both Kelly and Carlson left Fox News after accusing Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Yet Kelly criticized the major change made by her former colleague, who is now chair of the Miss America Organization and who spearheaded the elimination of the swimsuit competition. “What’s wrong with showing women in bikinis?” Kelly said on Megyn Kelly Today, adding: “What’s wrong with the bathing suits? They look amazing, they worked hard for it, they’re fit. I find it inspirational to see a really fit woman.” When told the swimsuits objectify women, Kelly responded: “Is it objectification if the woman wants it?" She added: “The reality is, no one is going to want to watch the pageant."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Report: NBC is considering swapping Megyn Kelly's timeslot with Kathie Lee and Hoda
Source: Page Six
Megyn Kelly Today would move to the 10 a.m. hour and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s popular Today hour would go to 9 a.m. under a proposal being discussed at NBC News, according to Page Six. Since premiering last fall, Megyn Kelly Today has struggled in its timeslot.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Rose McGowan says it's a "very good feeling" seeing Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs
The disgraced mogul was smiling in handcuffs this morning as the NYPD perp walked him out of the police precinct after he turned himself in to face felony sex crime charges, including suspicion of rape, a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. The charges stem from accusations from former actress Lucia Evans and another yet-to-be-identified victim. Weinstein's bail was set at $1 million cash or $10 million bond. McGowan, one of Weinstein's most prominent accusers, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today soon after Weinstein's arrest to describe her reaction to seeing Weinstein in handcuffs. “It’s surreal. It’s… real. It’s both,” she said. “It’s a very good feeling… I actually didn’t believe this day would come… This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power, and it shows people worldwide — which is what I was hoping [for] the whole time — that this will not stand.” ALSO: Ronan Farrow warns on GMA: "It’s unclear whether, Weinstein, even if found guilty, will spend any time behind bars"
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
Megyn Kelly cautions NBC News colleagues on Tom Brokaw: "You don't know what you don't know"
Source: The Hill
Megyn Kelly Today discussed the Brokaw sexual harassment allegations this morning, with Kelly cautioning her NBC News colleagues Kate Snow and Stephanie Gosk on jumping to conclusions about the NBC News legend. Kelly called the open letter signed by 64 current and former female NBC News employees "dicey." "It’s basically a character reference,” Kelly said. “And they’re saying, ‘For what it’s worth, my experience with him has always been honorable, and he’s always treated me well.’ And I understand that. Because when you love the person being under attack, you want to say, ‘This has been my experience'...I will say that the same thing did happen at Fox (News). And the truth is, you don’t know what you don’t know. And that’s not in any way to impugn Tom, who I love. And who’s been so good to me. Just saying, you don’t know what you don’t know."
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
How NBC can solve its Megyn Kelly problem: Let her be unlikable!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Because that's what made her a star," says Kristen Baldwin of the Megyn Kelly Today host. Baldwin points out that "at least she was allowed to have opinions on Fox News, no matter how misguided; on Today, meanwhile, the producers (and maybe even Kelly herself) seem so fixated on making her 'relatable' and 'likable' that they’ve stripped her of the personality that made her interesting to watch — or hate-watch."
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Report: NBC's $69 million "bet" on Megyn Kelly is "backfiring"
The former Fox News star was brought in to bring a bigger audience to Today, but has instead "dragged down" the "critical franchise," according to an article in this morning's Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports that affiliates are unhappy with the ratings drop and NBC staffers are "grumbling" about Kelly's "lofty budget." Still, NBC News says Megyn Kelly Today is profitable. For her part, Kelly says "our show is a baby. We’re six months old," adding: “I need to introduce myself to people who don’t know me or know some bastardized version of me that they’ve gotten from a website or a TV show. There are definitely some who only know me through some caricature they learned about on The Daily Show.” ALSO: 9 a.m. Today predecessors Al Roker and Tamron Hall earned less than half of Kelly's salary and had much better ratings.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Megyn Kelly says it'll take a full year for Megyn Kelly Today to fully establish itself
“I’m just grateful I’ve been given a long runway to develop that relationship” with viewers, says Kelly, who's seen her ratings grow 12% in the key daytime demo. “In my experience, it takes a show about a year to find its sea legs, to figure out who it is, and that’s true of me too,” she says. “In morning television, it takes a while to change an audience’s viewing habits, and so I have to earn the trust of the audience, and I’m willing to work for it.”
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
Ryan Seacrest accuser says she was dropped from appearing last week on Megyn Kelly Today
Source: The Daily Mail
Seacrest's former E! stylist Suzie Hardy, who accused Seacrest of sexual harassment, tells the DailyMail.com she was scheduled to appear on the March 19 edition of Megyn Kelly Today to tell her story -- opposite of Seacret's Live with Ryan and Kelly. "I could have gone with a number of shows, but I picked Megyn Kelly because of other interviews she had done supporting women in the #MeToo movement," she says. But she thinks NBC put the kibosh on the interview due to NBC Universal's relationship with Seacrest. DailyMail.com didn't get NBC News' response to Hardy's allegation.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 1:38PM EDT
After watching Stormy Daniels interview, Megyn Kelly was reminded of the Trump team allegedly threatening her
Kelly shared a portion of her 2016 book, Settle for More, following the 60 Minutes interview where Daniels said a mysterious man threatened her and her daughter. In her book, Kelly recalled that President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen retweeted a tweet from a Trump supporter that said "we can gut her." To which Kelly responded: "For the first time, I felt alarmed."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
Report: Megyn Kelly accused of creating a toxic atmosphere at Today that is "tarnishing the brand"
Source: Page Six
One Today contributor tells Page Six that Kelly's name is so toxic that producers avoid using her name -- using Today instead -- when booking big-name guests. Another NBC source says "she is hated inside the Today show and is seen as tarnishing the brand, out-of-control and selfish." Meanwhile, former Fox News makeup artist Iren Halperin claims Kelly is being disingenuous with her #MeToo movement advocacy. “She’s disrespectful,” says Halperin. “She’s not for women. She’s extremely mean and rude to women.” ALSO: Fox Newsers were split on Page Six's Megyn Kelly story.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Report: Hoda and Kathie Lee's audience is forced to sit in Megyn Kelly Today's audience
Source: Page Six
It turns out that the last two hours of the Today show share the same audience members, and some think think having to watch Megyn Kelly to see Hoda and Kathie Lee amounts to "being held hostage."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 2:17PM EST
Kelly Ripa delivers an impassioned speech on gun violence: "Offering thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore"
"People are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up,'" the Live! co-host said this morning in reaction to the mass high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school." Ripa added: "The fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me...So somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment, and again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and parent and human being that something needs to change, there needs to be a bigger, better dialogue because we are failing in this area." ALSO: Megyn Kelly had a deeply pessimistic monologue about America's gun epidemic