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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 Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in Fox News movie Fair and Balanced
Kidman is set to join Charlize Theron, who was cast as Megyn Kelly in May. Meanwhile, Margot Robbie is in talks to play a fictional Fox News associate producer named Kayla Pospisil in the film about the women of Fox News, and not necessarily about former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
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 Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Megyn Kelly is returning to NBC's Sunday night lineup for at least one night
The one-hour special airing in August is expected to be a resuscitation of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. NBC announced in March that Kelly would return to primetime "periodically."
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 Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
Megyn Kelly denounces Corey Lewandowski's "womp womp," urges cable news to stop giving him a national platform
Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager and CNN political commentator, went viral Tuesday night when he dismissed a story of an immigrant girl with Down syndrome being separated from her family by saying "womp womp." Kelly -- who slammed CNN's hiring of Lewandowski two years ago -- tweeted: "There is no low to which this coward Corey Lewandowski won’t sink. This man should not be afforded a national platform to spew his hate."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Why Roseanne Barr was fired and Samantha Bee was not: TBS bears some responsibility for C-word airing
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Roseanne's Twitter account -- which ABC knew was problematic as far back as last August -- contains her own tweets. Bee's Full Frontal show is pre-taped. "Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it," TBS said in a statement yesterday. As James Hibberd notes, "it’s hard for a network to fire a host when it’s partly responsible for what the host said." He also points out that ABC is a family-friendly broadcast network, while Bee's show airs on a basic cable channel that allows for limited profanity. Finally, what Barr tweeted and what Bee said are different. "Obviously, most people wouldn’t consider racist slurs and a profane word anywhere close to the same ballpark of offensive — coming across as a cruel vulgarian is often survivable (Trump himself is known for his unpresidential use of profanity)," says Hibberd. ALSO: Megyn Kelly calls out White House hypocrisy on Bee.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
White House blasts Samantha Bee for "vile and vicious" Ivanka Trump slur, demands TBS take action
The Full Frontal host is under fire for calling Ivanka Trump the C-word on last night's show. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c*nt!” Bee said, prompting a response today from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious," Sanders said in a statement. "The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.” Bee's slur was also called out by Megyn Kelly, who tweeted that "this is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne?" Meanwhile, Bee was condemned on TBS' sister network CNN, where Poppy Harlow called it "way over the line...it's never okay to say something like that about someone."
UPDATE: Samantha Bee tweets an apology as TBS pulls video of the segment: "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it." TBS responded with its own statement: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
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
Source: The Washington Post
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"
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 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!
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.