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Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Charlize Theron to play Megyn Kelly in a movie about Fox News and Roger Ailes
Theron will play Kelly as host of Fox News' The Kelly Files. In her memoir Settle for More, Kelly detailed the sexual harassment she endured in the decade she worked at Fox News.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
NBC News' many problems aren't just a coincidence -- they're symptoms
Matt Lauer, Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Joy Reid, Ronan Farrow, Hugh Hewitt -- and even the Megyn Kelly debacle -- are all symptoms of a larger problem. As Margaret Sullivan put it, "the network’s credibility is on the line. To critics it would seem that network leadership isn’t taking that seriously enough, believing perhaps that the public is mostly unaware, and that advertisers don’t mind. But a news organization’s reputation builds — or fades — over time. Does NBC really want to be seen as a place where stars are protected too vigorously, and where ratings and profits reign supreme? Given NBC’s prominence, its foibles hurt not only the network itself, its own journalists, and its viewers. Such self-sabotage also hurts American journalism overall at a time when there are more than enough external enemies waiting to pounce."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
When reporting on Tom Brokaw, NBC News staffers were urged to mention the letter in support of him
On Monday, NBC News staffers received a memo on guidelines for how to handle the Brokaw sexual harassment allegations. “Include relevant portions of Brokaw’s denial, his email and the email in support of him, signed by more than 60 colleagues,” said the memo. Some staffers were shocked by the NBC News guidelines because the letter signed by Brokaw's current and former female colleagues had itself become a source of tension. In fact, Megyn Kelly was going "rogue" when she said of the letter, “The truth is, you don’t know what you don’t know." ALSO: If NBC News staffers were forced to sign the Brokaw letter, it can be a huge legal problem.
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"
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 Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's White House roast denounced by person who booked her for her "truth-to-power style"
On Feb. 22, White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev named Wolf the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying in a statement: “Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism. Her embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.” On Sunday night, following nearly 24 hours of controversy over Wolf's polarizing speech, Talev issued another statement that referred to Wolf only as "the entertainer": "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission." Wolf responded to Talev's statement on Instagram, quoting those last seven words: "Not in the spirit of that mission."
- President Trump slammed Seth Meyers in mocking Wolf and calling Saturday's WHCD an "embarrassment" that should be put "to rest": "The filthy 'comedian' totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance)"
- WHCA president Talev defended Wolf earlier Sunday for saying "what she thought was important to say" -- but noted that her speech wasn't pre-screened
- Kathy Griffin stuck up for Wolf: Of course Sarah Huckabee Sanders was going to get the toughest jokes -- "she was Trump's proxy" on the dais
- No, Wolf didn't joke about Sanders' looks: "Smoky eye" was a riff on a Maybelline slogan
- The Handmaid's Tale joke also wasn't a slam of Sanders' looks
- Comedians stand by Wolf: "comics r truth tellers - deal with it," tweeted Rosie O'Donnell
- 2012 WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel: "Dear 'the media' - @michellewolf was FUNNY. Hire a juggler next year"
- Roseanne Barr appeared to side against Wolf: "first rule of comedy: NEVER target someone more famous than U who is in the audience," she tweeted. "U will lose the entire crowd"
- Journalists urging Wolf to apologize for what should have been an uncontroversial joke sends an incredibly dangerous message
- Fox News' Brian Kilmeade said Wolf attacked to impress Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “Congratulations, when the three of you go out to dinner, I’m sure you’ll be laughing a lot. But in terms of the people here and the people at home — totally offensive, horrible choice. In fact, it’s the reason why the president didn’t want to go.”
- Michelle Wolf got it just right: "Wolf, according to the commentariat, violated a sacred standard of decency that defines the correspondents’ dinner every year," says Molly Roberts. "The comedian should roast people, yes, but she should do it at a suitably low temperature for this town’s all-too-tender egos. Wolf broke protocol by turning on the broiler. Yet the figures she scorched have shattered norms that are far more important than an unspoken prohibition on vagina jokes."
- Celebrities shunned the WHCD this year: Kathy Griffin and Jordan Klepper were the biggest entertainment names in attendance
- Will Wolf hasten the death of the WHCD?: "The annual event’s contradictions have become too heavy to bear"
- Alec Baldwin praised Wolf's joke mocking his fellow NBC star Megyn Kelly
# TOPICS: Michelle Wolf, The Handmaid's Tale, Alec Baldwin, Brian Kilmeade, Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Talev, Megyn Kelly, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump Presidency, Twitter, White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
How NBC can solve its Megyn Kelly problem: Let her be unlikable!
"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
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"
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 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
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Megyn Kelly's ratings are up, but she still has fewer viewers than Tamron Hall had in the same timeslot
Megyn Kelly Today has climbed 17% in total viewership between October and January and 20% in the 25-54 demo during the same period. Yet Kelly is underperforming in her timeslot compared to her 9 a.m. Today predecessor.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Megyn Kelly: "You must be a pig" when negotiating your TV salary
On this morning's Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly -- reported to be earning $23 million a year at NBC -- brought up Ellen Pompeo's recent frank discussion about her Grey's Anatomy salary to her actress guests. “Actually, when you’re in a contract negotiation, you must be greedy,” Kelly said. “I always say, having practiced law for ten years, you must be a pig. That is the time to be comfortable just going for it.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
Nicole Eggert details Scott Baio’s alleged sexual abuse on Megyn Kelly Today
“He immediately took to me, and befriended me, and earned my trust,” a teary Eggert told Megyn Kelly this morning describing her older Charles in Charge co-star. “And then he started expressing his love for me, and talking about marriage in the future. And then — I was still 14 — before my 15th birthday, we were at his house, in his car, in his garage and he reached over and he penetrated me with his finger. And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started.”