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NBC insiders confused by Megyn Kelly's new show

27 September 2017

For the past few weeks, NBC's promotional campaign has touted the Megyn Kelly Today host as a "unifying force" in a time of social and political divisiveness.

Before Kelly interviewed the police chiefs, she had a segment interviewing the cast from the hit drama "This Is Us" in a taped section. The superfan, Russel Turner, was naturally elated to meet the iconic foursome of Debra Messing, Will McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally, but the exchange went slightly off the rails when Kelly asked quite possibly the strangest question to start the encounter. "You know why. We all feel it. So, I just sort of think - go U.S., that's my feeling in watching it".

The chaos reached a new height when the host claimed she was "kind of done with politics for now", meanwhile, earlier this year she interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin and controversial show host Alex Jones!

Megyn Kelly kicked off phase two of her post-Fox News rebrand on Monday morning, and her new NBC hour made a pretty solid entry into the crowded daytime landscape.

Megyn Kelly launched her daytime makeover on Monday with "Megyn Kelly Today", conspicuously trying to reintroduce herself in the mold of Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres - complete with a caffeinated, cheering studio audience - while establishing distance from her time as a Fox News anchor...

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This is a woman who, for thirteen years, used her strong legal background, sharp wit/interviewing, good looks, and conservative bent to become a shining light while doing a very serious show at Fox News Channel. She interviewed people nervously and so awkwardly that they were cowed into giving monosyllabic answers.

Kelly's new program is as odd as the first one at NBC. Though all of broadcast morning shows are down, and Today still easily ranks as the No. 1 telecast among adults 25-54, it just wrapped its least-watched season since 1991.

When Kelly promoted a story about a charitable nun by declaring "It's a story that will make you say, 'Yes, there is still goodness in the world!,'" it felt put-on.

While 98 percent of the country's police chiefs are still men, Davis is part of a growing sorority of female police chiefs, Kelly said. But they also heard Kelly declare her show as politics-free, so, after she told them how much fun she had watching the old show back in the day (her day), they really didn't have much to talk about, since the revived "Will & Grace's" first episode happens to wind up in Trump's Oval Office, where Grace has been hired to be redecorate. Kelly said during the show's opening.

NBC insiders confused by Megyn Kelly's new show