Megyn Kelly’s abysmal run at NBC continues to deteriorate. The network is frantic, they want to get rid of her but they’ve already doled out tens of millions of dollars to keep her show alive. If Kelly bounces now, that money may as well have been thrown into a dumpster fire.
Kelly used to be a phenomenon, a quick-witted interviewer who seemed smarter than the average Fox News blonde. She lost something when she went to NBC. She tried to sand down her hard edges in an attempt to make herself more palatable as a daytime host, but the result has been lackluster.
On Monday, Kelly threw off the “nice girl” aura she’d cloaked herself in and launched a vicious attack against Jane Fonda. People who aren’t blinded by Hollywood realize that the attack had merit, as Fonda has been sniping at Kelly for months, but many were startled by the virulence of Kelly’s diatribe.
NBC seems to have forgotten who they hired. Executives reportedly gave her the go-ahead to talk about Fonda before Monday’s episode aired, but they’re already regretting the decision.
‘“The problem is that nobody at NBC is controlling Megyn. They paid her more than $20 million to host the 9 a.m. show, and she’s been given too much power. But the fact remains: You can’t say those things, or be so aggressive, on morning TV,” an insider source spilled to Page Six.
“Plus, Megyn was already having trouble booking celebrities — so how is she ever going to book other stars if they disagree and she later goes on air later and trashes them?”
The network is nervous. Hollywood seems to be steeling itself against Kelly.
“So it’s time to address the poor-me routine,” the host said coolly during Monday’s episode of “Megyn Kelly Today.”
“Well, the truth is, most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.”
Kelly’s rage only mounted from there.
“Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane’ thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops,” she continued. “She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots.”
The fiery words might be the end of her career. The day after her attack on Fonda, NBC chose to an air a pre-taped episode of her show.
(Source: Page Six)