‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Won’t Return to the Air

‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Won’t Return to the Air

The "Megyn Kelly Today" show has officially been canceled and the 9 a.m. time slot will be filled by "TODAY" co-anchors next week, an NBC News spokesperson said Friday.

Her attorney Bryan Freedman said Kelly is still an employee at NBC as of Friday, however.

Few co-star dynamics are quite as complicated as those on NBC's "Today" show.

An unnamed source told NBC News that Ms. Kelly's representatives will meet with network executives and said it is "extremely unlikely" she will remain with the company.

Kelly's exit from the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show appeared to be imminent, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

Kelly's first season averaged almost 2.4 million viewers, 375,000 fewer than the "Today" show 9 a.m. hour had before she arrived. And whatever her next destination is, let's hope she'll go back to her roots and do what she does best; sharp, sometimes biting, political analysis. Even if she never lands another job - she reportedly wants to return to Fox News, but the network seems unwilling to hire her back - that is more money than most people will ever see in their lifetime.

And Kelly has been openly challenging the news division's management, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, for months.

Kelly, once a star at Fox News, had long nurtured ambitions of moving out of the conservative news bubble and into the top tier of mainstream broadcast personalities, with aspirations of becoming a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes' unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes' firing. Co-host Al Roker said Kelly's email apology was inadequate.

Kelly added that it was "OK" for white people to wear blackface on Halloween when she was a young girl.

"Megyn made a mistake, and she apologized for it immediately. She is one of the biggest advocates for women".

Her exit from NBC News is not official yet. Her hour-long section of the Today show started in September 2017 and was met with negative reviews. Her audience gave her a standing ovation, but disappointment inside NBC News runs deep and isn't likely to fade anytime soon.

She made news when interviewing women who accused Trump of inappropriate behaviour and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Bill O'Reilly, Roy Moore and Mark Halperin, as well as women who allege they were harassed on Capitol Hill.

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