Dropped by agents, careers chopped short, many women who brought harassment suits against the network say they’ve been branded as toxic in TV news and wear a scarlet letter: “I couldn’t bounce back.”
Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, Greta Van Susteren and other leading women in TV news called on Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and the board of directors to launch an independent investigation of sexual harassment issues at NBC News.
Megyn Kelly seems to be attempting a comeback, and it’s just as controversial as one might expect. She appeared Wednesday night on her old network, Fox News, as a guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight. In classic Kelly fashion, she has emerged in a moment of peak controversy for the television news business.
Megyn Kelly’s antipathy towards Donald Trump may torpedo a return to right wing media—while the NBC blackface controversy may prevent her from rejoining the media mainstream.
The network announced the agreement Friday night after more than two months of negotiations, giving no details. The former Fox News Channel transplant has been off the air since late October after suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween.
Megyn Kelly is free to take jobs at other news outlets upon leaving NBC News, according to a person familiar with the matter, a revelation that suggests exit talks between the star anchor and the NBCUniversal-owned division are moving toward a close.
Megyn Kelly is close to completing a $30 million exit from NBC, sources confirm. The embattled anchor, who celebrated her 48th birthday Sunday, was dumped from her 9 a.m. slot on Today last month after questioning why it was racist to wear blackface for Halloween.
The departure of Megyn Kelly from NBC’s 9 a.m. Today timeslot marked a setback for the anchor as well as the network paying her millions of dollars to host. But the split appears to be helping the morning franchise overall. Since Kelly’s exit from the third hour of Today, viewership in the key demographic favored by advertisers in that time period is up around 10%, according to Nielsen.
Where do you go after you’ve been at the top and fallen to the depths? Megyn Kelly, just fired from NBC’s Today show, is probably asking herself that question now – and finding that her options are limited despite the explosive expansion of the media world she inhabits.
Megyn Kelly’s slow-motion exit from NBC News has turned into an all-out legal battle. Kelly’s 9 a.m. show was canceled last week, but her contract goes through 2020. So now there’s a protracted negotiation taking place — and in an unusual move, Kelly’s lawyer Bryan Freedman is talking about it publicly. “Andy Lack needs to stop,” Freedman said Tuesday, accusing the NBC News chair of leaking information about the negotiations. On Wednesday, Freedman upped the ante with another statement.
Two buying executives said their agencies had yet to hear formally from contacts at NBC about the future direction of the hour. But one suggested NBC would ” just go back to the extra hour of traditional Today.”
With NBC officially pulling the plug on Megyn Kelly Today after just over a year, new questions are emerging about NBC News chairman Andy Lack’s leadership and what increasingly looks like his catastrophic decision to poach Kelly from Fox News last year for a three-year, $69 million contract.
“Megyn Kelly Today is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The fourth hour of NBC’s venerable Today franchise that Kelly’s show occupied will be hosted by other co-anchors from the show beginning next week, the network said. NBC didn’t address the status of Kelly herself, who reports said was negotiating over her multimillion-dollar contract.
While the anchor’s future at NBC is unclear, it’s unlikely that Fox would take her back.
Megyn Kelly has beefed up her team by hiring a top Hollywood litigator amidst her blackface controversy, signaling that the anchor is ready to put up an aggressive fight as she sorts out her likely exit plan with NBC. Kelly is now represented by Bryan Freedman, one of the founding partners of the Los Angeles-based law firm Freedman & Taitelman. Kelly’s new attorney is set to meet with NBC executives as early as Friday to “determine next steps,” insiders say.
It’s increasingly unlikely that she could make a return to the news division.
Megyn Kelly’s 9 a.m. Today show hour has been canceled, multiple sources confirm. The news comes just 48 hours after she received immense backlash for her controversial remarks about blackface earlier this week. “They’re contacting the staff and reassigning everyone today. Everyone’s being told that they still have a home here, but it won’t be on Megyn’s show,” one source says.
Megyn Kelly is expected to wind down her 9 a.m. Today show hour by the end of the season, according to a source close to the situation. Sources say that Kelly has met with network executives in recent weeks to discuss the future of the show and expressed a desire to cover more news and politics.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Megyn Kelly swiftly apologized Tuesday for a morning show segment that questioned why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong. Following a social media backlash, Kelly wrote in an email to NBC News colleagues that she realized such behavior is wrong, that the history of blackface in […]
Megyn Kelly will be back on the air in primetime on NBC for at least one one-hour special in early August, a person familiar with the planning told TheWrap on Thursday. The appearance is expected to be a resuscitation of Kelly’s much-discussed evening show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.
A bit of surprising news about the news was announced at the beginning of Thursday’s NBC Nightly News broadcast. In the open, Lester Holt said that fellow NBC Newser Megyn Kelly is on assignment in Moscow, and that she sat down for an exclusive interview with Russian PM Vladimir Putin earlier.
Giving NBC’s morning audience a glimpse of her Fox News persona, Kelly said Fonda “has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”
Sexual harassment stories put her back in fierce mode. Kelly said she envisioned a show that would resemble a mimosa because of its “effervescence,” but her recent monologues have been anything but bubbly. They also have been her best-reviewed work since she left a primetime slot on Fox News at the beginning of the year.
With Glenn Beck at his side, the former Fox News personality says, “I never had any problem with Megyn Kelly.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly says she complained to her bosses about Bill O’Reilly’s behavior after she had accused former Fox chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, and that the abuse and shaming of women has to stop. Kelly, now on NBC, spoke Monday after it was revealed in […]
In addition to widespread criticism and sluggish ratings, Megyn Kelly is facing another impending crisis. After three weeks on TV, celebrities aren’t rushing to sit down with her. A number of publicists expressed discomfort with the idea of booking their clients in the third hour of Today, which has now been retitled Megyn Kelly Today. These publicists, however, said they are still eager to take their talent to other blocs of the morning show.
Megyn Kelly is raking in $23 million a year for her new NBC morning show and is locked in for the next three years.
It was a tough week for Kelly in the trade press, and at the end of Friday morning’s show, she poked some fun at the tepid media industry response. “I just want to take a moment to thank all of you so much for watching this week,” Kelly told her live studio audience. “It’s been very exciting. It has been educational.” She then made a joke: “I’ve just been so delighted at the media response. What? No.”
As the first episode revealed, NBC has misread not only Kelly’s talents but also the changing nature of our cultural wars.