Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

TODAY Show: Presenter Shakeup with Megyn Kelly's NBC arrival

TODAY Show: Presenter Shakeup with Megyn Kelly's NBC arrival

Today's 9 AM staff got the news today, an informed source says, because Tamron Hall, who co-hosts the 9 o'clock hour, had to be told today due to contract talks.

Kelly, who hosted a nightly news segment on Fox News called the "Kelly File," jumped ship to NBC after being offered several million-dollar contracts from multiple major networks.

Megyn Kelly was a prominent face at Fox News, where she brought a well-documented track record of racially insensitive comments that included blaming Sandra Bland for her own death and referring to former First Lady Michelle Obama as a "whiner" for speaking out about racism.

Kelly's apparent move to the morning, which Variety reported earlier, removes her from the minefield of syndicated daytime TV.

Launching Kelly's new show within one of the hours now housing "Today" could help NBC navigate what has always been a challenge in the TV business. Other TV news hosts, including Jane Pauley, Meredith Vieira, and Katie Couric, have tried their hand at the format and failed.

NBC intend to launch Megyn Kelly on its daytime show this fall.

If Kelly locked up the 9 a.m. hour, it would also set up an intriguing battle royal that would pit her against another longtime morning host, ABC's Kelly Ripa.

Beyond the staggeringly embarrassing ramifications (not to mention optics) of replacing Today's only segment hosted by two people of color with a conservative white lady from Fox News, I'm anxious about what Kelly's involvement will do to the show's mindless, morning-friendly flow.

The 9 a.m. hour for "Today" has been a tricky proposition for NBC: Facing formidable competition against Ripa's "Live With Kelly", the network has tried several solutions, including bringing in Billy Bush a year ago.

It is not clear whether Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will slide from 10 AM Today hosting duties to 9 AM, to make room for Kelly at 10, or if the former Fox News star will move into the hammock time slot herself.

Interestingly enough, "Today's Take" was previously fronted by Billy Bush, before he was let go after his infamous Donald Trump controversy.

It's also been rumored that Kelly is in the running to overtake America's sweetheart Savannah Guthrie's role as a lead anchor. It is believed that the network is considering Kelly for a 9 or 10 am time slot.

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