It's been a tough year for Megyn Kelly. Her favorability has sunk since her harsh coverage of President Trump during the election. Since moving on from Fox News to NBC, her struggles have multiplied. Now more bad news for Megyn Kelly.
A network insider described her morning show debut as "an implosion."
NBC host Megyn Kelly’s first week hosting her new morning show had a rocky start and was “like an implosion,” according to a network insider.
Kelly, a former attorney and host of “Megyn Kelly Today,” appeared to be in her element last Friday when she interviewed Chris Darden, the famous prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case, and Fred and Kim Goldman, father and sister of the slain Ron Goldman, ahead of Simpson’s release from prison. But the former prime-time Fox News host has struggled to adapt to the more light-hearted nature of morning television, and her new show was largely criticized by viewers and guests during its first week, Vanity Fair reported Monday night.
She appears far more comfortable talking about legal affairs and scandals than yukking it up with celebrities on publicity tours and commiserating about having to wear Spanx with high-waisted pants, as she did earlier in the week in a segment about fall wardrobes. The segment was within her Fox News wheelhouse, yet slightly softened for her new 9 a.m. network slot, and it came together into the kind of segment morning T.V. watchers regularly lap up along with their coffee.
In case you missed it, Megyn Kelly went at it with Jane Fonda regarding her plastic surgery.
Her show just started on September 25th and the network is already in "total panic" with regards to the show.
Per Daily Beast:
Yet, according to network insiders, her new role is prompting “questions internally about who her audience is exactly” as well as a sense of “total panic” concerning the intense media scrutiny that will unavoidably attend the launch of Megyn Kelly Today, to say nothing of the need to publicly vindicate NBC News Chairman Andy Lack’s $17 million gamble (reportedly her eye-popping annual compensation) when he wooed her away from Fox.
It was not a good omen for Kelly’s daytime prospects when Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly posted disappointing numbers, was reportedly pulled from its limited summer run July 30 two episodes short of the expected 10, and attracted unwelcome controversy with the Alex Jones segment, notably protests from the relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims (including 20 young children killed in a mass shooting that Jones had called a hoax).
Don't forget, her Sunday Night show was pulled two episodes earlier than expected due to disastrous ratings.
Per Breitbart News:
Last week, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly set another viewership low with just 2.71 million total viewers. In the last three weeks, her show has failed to beat the years-old Dateline rerun the network ran in her show’s time slot when Kelly took a week off during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
An NBC spinmeister claimed that Kelly’s show was going off the air after this week’s show because she needs to be “freed up to focus” on her morning show. Translation: Kelly needs to do all she can to not ruin NBC’s crown jewel Today franchise. Network executives, who reportedly have been freaking out about Kelly’s poor ratings, are probably praying that Kelly simply does no more harm than she has already done in her short time at the network.
It's been a tough go for Megyn Kelly the entire time she has been with NBC. Could the end of their partnership be near?