Things aren’t looking good for Megyn Kelly. The blonde talking-head plans to stay home next month while her coworkers jet off to South Korea for the winter Olympics.
NBC plans to spend over $1 billion covering Olympics. The network wants to be intimately involved in the spectacle, all of their best talent is being brought forward. Kelly, however, is stuck at home because her “Today” show reboot has been dogged by low ratings and lackluster reviews.
“It is odd that NBC News would leave its highest-paid host at home. Megyn’s ratings are improving a bit as the show has focused on the sexual harassment issue, but she could still use the kind of exposure and interviews you only get when physically at the Olympics,” media columnist Joe Concha told Fox News.
Kelly was wildly popular when she was doing her tough-woman schtick on Fox, but she can’t seem to muster up the same enthusiasm anymore. Light, frothy stories don’t suit her.
According to Fox: “NBC News stars heading to South Korea include Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Craig Melvin, Lester Holt and Dylan Dreyer. NBC News is also sending at least eight on-air correspondents including legendary foreign correspondent Richard Engel, and even NBCNews.com is sending a correspondent, Eric Ortiz, to report for an exclusive SnapChat show.”
In other words, everyone and their hairdresser is going. Kelly’s exclusion is painfully obvious.
The strangest part of Kelly’s gig with NBC is her massively inflated paycheck. The network’s least popular star is also its highest paid one. She receives $23 million a year.
(Source: Fox News)