Megyn Kelly Today

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Megyn Kelly Today
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Genre Talk show
Presented by Megyn Kelly
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 224 (As of August 10th, 2018)
Production
Production location(s) Studio 6-A, Rockefeller Center
Camera setup Multi-camera
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 2017 – present
External links
Website

Megyn Kelly Today is an American daytime talk show broadcast by NBC. Premiering on September 25, 2017, it replaced Today's Take as the third hour of NBC's national morning show Today. The program is hosted by Megyn Kelly, who had joined NBC News earlier in the year after leaving Fox News, and is the second of two NBC News programs promised to Kelly upon her arrival, alongside her newsmagazine Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.[1][2]

History[edit]

After it was announced in January 2017 that former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would move to NBC News and host a new daytime program, The New York Times reported on January 27, 2017 that NBC was planning to discontinue Today's Take, and schedule Kelly's new show at either 9 or 10 a.m. (either replacing Today's Take in its former timeslot, or in the latter scenario, displacing Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda to 9). It was reported that NBC staff had not yet determined whether Kelly's new program would be branded as part of Today or as a stand-alone program.[3][4]

It was subsequently announced that her new show would be titled Megyn Kelly Today, and premiere on September 25, 2017 as a replacement for Today's Take. The new program is structured as a talk show with a studio audience. Critics noted that the program was likely intended as a more direct competitor to the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, with Megyn Kelly trying to convey a "softer" personality to contrast her Fox News reputation of being an aggressive journalist and interviewer.[5][6][7][8]

Reception[edit]

The first episode received mostly negative reviews from critics, panning Kelly for her "awkward," "chilly" performance and failure to connect with the audience.[9][10][11] The first week of shows were plagued with controversies that included actress Debra Messing expressing regret for appearing on the program due to Kelly's on-air comments, and Kelly's line of questioning about plastic surgery during an interview with Jane Fonda. The incidents prompted widespread criticism of Kelly's daytime hosting abilities.[12][13] A month after the premiere, Julia Wallace wrote in USA Today that the show was "a disaster", but blamed NBC for "[turning] her show into an almost comical attempt to imitate daytime talk show host Kelly Ripa" instead of tapping into the abilities that made her a success at Fox News.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (2017-01-03). "Megyn Kelly Is Said to Be Leaving Fox News for NBC". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  2. ^ Lucas Shaw (January 3, 2017). "Megyn Kelly to Leave Murdoch's Fox News for NBC Daytime Show". Bloomberg News. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Megyn Kelly's NBC Daytime Show to Replace Third Hour of 'Today'". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Megyn Kelly May Get NBC Morning Show, Shaking Up 'Today'". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Review: NBC's Megyn Kelly experiment unveils its latest creation, a morning-show Bride of Frankenstein". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  6. ^ Grove, Lloyd (2017-09-25). "The New, Politics-Hating, Hug-Loving Megyn Kelly Debuts on NBC—But Will Viewers Buy It?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  7. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2017-09-21). "NBC Touts Megyn Kelly's Softer Side in Bid to Launch New Morning Show". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  8. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (2017-07-11). "NBC News Sets 9/25 Start Date For Megyn Kelly's 'Today' Debut With Studio Audience: Report". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  9. ^ D’Addario, Daniel. "Megyn Kelly Fails to Connect With the Audience During Her 'Today' Debut". Time. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  10. ^ Lowry, Brian. "Megyn Kelly awkwardly begins 'Today' makeover". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Review | NBC's Megyn Kelly experiment unveils its latest creation, a morning-show Bride of Frankenstein". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  12. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan. "A Look Back at Megyn Kelly's Uncomfortable First Week on The Today Show". Vulture. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Critic's Notebook: Megyn Kelly Flails During First Week on NBC Morning Show". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  14. ^ Wallace, Julia (October 23, 2017). "Megyn Kelly had a hard-hitting brand. Why is NBC making her dance?". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2017.