‘Bad Buzz’: Celebrities Avoid Toxic ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Amid Devastating Reviews
Megyn Kelly just can’t catch a break, or so it appears. Ever since the NBC host began her tough coverage of President Trump during the election, it appears Kelly has fallen out of favor with Americans. A network insider has harsh criticism for the former Fox News host, branding her morning show debut “an implosion.”
Washington Free Beacon reports:
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.
Here’s footage of Jane Fonda snapping at Kelly after being asked about her extensive plastic surgery. Smooth move, Meg!
NBC was already in “total panic” before Megyn Kelly’s morning show debuted on September 25th. This is not good. Not good at all.
Daily Beast reported:
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’s been an utter disaster for Megyn Kelly since kicking things off at NBC. The New York Post reports Kelly’s Sunday show has been pulled two episodes sooner than scheduled due to poor ratings. Ouch.
Celebrity publicists are refusing to book their clients on Kelly’s new show amid reports NBC is freaking out over how poorly the show is doing. Kelly had a terribly awkward interview with Jane Fonda, where she asked the actress about her plastic surgery. Fonda was far from pleased.
A number of publicists who spoke to Variety 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. “I’m not booking anyone on her show,” says a high-powered publicist, with a roster of big names, who asked for anonymity due to her overall relationship with “Today.” “I literally haven’t pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad.”
Another well-known publicist, who represents one of the celebrities who has appeared on Kelly’s show, wasn’t pleased with the interview. “I won’t plan to have others go on,” the publicist said. “None specifically have been offered or asked to, but it’ll be my preference not to.”