Former FOX-y lady Megyn Kelly is finding out that launching a career as a solo artist isn’t that easy. She probably thought that all of the goodwill she engendered from being Twitter-abused by POTUS during the election would propel her to Barbara Walters-heights of newswoman fame. Turns out that Megyn’s really not that popular. Plus, critics say her show sucks. This is why celebrity publicists are letting calls from the Megyn Kelly TODAY show booker go straight to voicemail. None of them want their clients on that shit show, according to Variety.
One high-powered publicist told Variety that she’s down with booking her clients on other parts of the Today show. Just not Meggy’s.
“I’m not booking anyone on her show. I literally haven’t pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad.”
Megyn shouldn’t expect to be getting the kind of guests that Ellen, Kelly Ripa, and The View get. Because everyone thought her show was iffy from the get-go. The show’s producers took the show to the big publicity firms in L.A. last summer to sell it and a “lighter, more inspirational” Megyn Kelly. What they reportedly got in return were a lot of quizzical looks and bored glances at Apple watches.
However, according to an insider who attended one of the meetings, the team didn’t seem to have a clear direction of the show they were pitching. Kelly didn’t fit into a box like Ellen DeGeneres or Dr. Oz. And as a result, not too many celebrities jumped onboard.
One publicist who did have Debra Messing a client make an appearance now regrets it.
“I won’t plan to have others go on. None specifically have been offered or asked to, but it’ll be my preference not to.”
NBC says that their efforts to secure stars are doing just fine, thanks. They’ve got enormous d-bagMiles Teller on the way!
“We have celebrities booked for weeks and months to come,” a network rep said. When asked by Variety for specific names coming up, NBC listed Miles Teller, Goldie Hawn and “SNL’s” Alec Baldwin.
To narrow down the myriad of problems not only with Megyn Kelly’s debut on NBC’s perpetual cash cow of morning delights, Today, but with Kelly herself would take thousands of words and a level of patience I shall never possess. Suffice to say that after less than a week on the air, in a coveted timeslot with millions of dollars on the line, Kelly has not made a great first impression. Indeed, prior to actually appearing on Today, she had made an endless array of bad impressions, from years of aiding and abetting the spread of bigotry and falsehoods during her tenure as Fox News’s face of so-called ‘real news’ to a dead on arrival Sunday news show that was regularly beaten in the ratings by repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Still, NBC persisted and the PR wagon roamed on, futilely hoping that their latest acquisition, a woman who briefly enjoyed her time as a symbol of feminine resistance after becoming another one of Donald Trump’s targets, could recapture that goodwill. So far, the results have ranged from dull to embarrassing to oddly inept, with a dash of unintentional hilarity on top, just to keep things close to interesting.
There was the moment when, while interviewing the cast of Will and Grace, Kelly brought out a super-fan of the show and asked, ‘Is it true that you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of Will?’ Debra Messing reacted with gloriously gif-friendly expressions, then later expressed regret for even appearing on the show. Then there was an even more awkward interview with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, wherein Fonda reacted with barely concealed disdain to Kelly’s questions on her plastic surgery. Fonda quickly steered the conversation back to the film the pair were there to promote, leaving Kelly hanging and the tension at unbearable levels.
Those are the two moments that went viral, the sign of liberal Hollywood making their opinions of the former darling of conservative propaganda evident to all. Yet the rest of the show may have been an even odder experience to watch. Bobby Finger of Jezebel offered a humourous recap of one hour of viewing that highlighted the strange juxtapositions of tone and approach Kelly finds herself struggling with. The big hook of the episode was supposed to be her exclusive interview with Lyle Menendez (just in time for NBC’s strange attempt to mix Law & Order with American Crime Story, focusing on the Menendez murders), but she stumbled in trying to move from such a heavy topic to the peppy puff pieces of morning TV. Her interview style tried to mix combative with fluff, and the general atmosphere of the entire production was one of unfinished discomfort.
The obvious elephant in the room was Kelly’s attempt at grand-standing ‘for the people’ by questioning why everything had to be the Donald Trump show. Remember, this came shortly after she’d accused journalists of being biased against him and insisting her own show would be ‘uplifting’. Putting aside the obvious gall of Kelly, a woman who spent years legitimizing the unofficial propaganda wing of the Republican Party through her so-called straight-news show, pretending she’s above politics, she seems utterly unwilling to engage with the possibility that her audience may be smarter than her. What she perceives to be a candid approach to hosting, a style she’s billed as ‘speaking her mind’ and fighting for the answers, cannot help but come across as condescending, but also baffling given the context.
Morning talk shows are a deceptive mix of fluff and substance. It’s a solid four hours of programming, where hosts have to find an impossible balance between announcing the latest threats from North Korea to cutting to a demonstration on how to make table decorations with an HGTV personality. You need sincere pathos one second, then in-on-the-joke enthusiasm the next. It’s a strange environment that also breeds immense loyalty from viewers. You have your morning show that you stick with and you don’t turn it over unless something has really pissed you off. That’s something NBC have already been forced to deal with following the fallout from Ann Curry’s departure and the fleeing of viewers to the competition on ABC. Viewers want their favourites to stick around but they also love that chemistry. There are few things more awkward in pop culture than watching something when you know the cast secretly hate one another.
So far, Kelly doesn’t seem to have clicked with her ensemble. A woman who has spent years carving out a niche as the go-get-them prosecutor with no fear of confrontation, the smartest pretty blonde in a building full of CEO-mandated pretty blondes, doesn’t work well with others. You can sense her desire to break apart from the table and her co-hosts in the hope that she won’t have to deal with the inherent frivolity her work requires. Vanity Fair covered a particular instance when Kelly, alongside Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, tried to play the cynic regarding the then-upcoming solar eclipse. For some reason, Kelly decided the eclipse, a once in a lifetime event for many, wasn’t worth all their energy, and the discomfort from her co-hosts was palpable. Lauer may have been joking when he responded with ‘Who are you?’ but it’s a question NBC are probably asking right now. One week in and Megyn Kelly has no idea who she is in the context of morning talk show TV.
Who Kelly really wants to be is Barbara Walters, balancing lofty interviews of political heft with ditzy chats about sniffer dogs and getting ready for Halloween. That kind of personality requires intense perception of one’s audience, interview guest and the current context, none of which Kelly seems to have. Her major interviews so far have been dull and betrayed her image as a no-holds-barred expert of the political boxing ring, lest we forget the way she was utterly played by Alex Jones. When talking to actors, she cannot help but try to press them as if they’re on trial, and she utterly misjudges what is right for each moment, Jane Fonda hasn’t been quiet about her plastic surgery, but she was there to promote a film that had nothing to do with any issues regarding beauty or women’s responses to the ageing process. Perhaps if she’d been talking about her memoirs or the anniversary of Barbarella, it could have been a question of relevance to ask, but Kelly likes confrontation and the weight it gives to her own persona, as if she’s a journalist of exceptional bravery for asking a woman about something she’s never kept hidden.
NBC practically fell over themselves to give Kelly millions of dollars and a timeslot to kill for (which resulted in Tamron Hall leaving the show), but they seemed to have no idea why they wanted her. The post-Trump glow dissipated long before they hired her, and now they’re left scrambling for a reason to keep her around. She offers so little for viewers to grasp onto. If they want the traditional morning fare, they can go to Good Morning America or Kelly Ripa; if they want something with more substance, CBS’s This Morning has been consistently excellent in its more serious news-focused approach to morning news; if they want partisan fare, Morning Joe or the goons at Kelly’s old stomping ground Fox & Friends will suffice. NBC have greatly overestimated the appeal and warmth for a woman who was previously best known for parroting right-wing talking points unchallenged and calling it news. It remains to be seen how far she can run this gamut before ratings drop or she finds a niche that somehow works, but for now, the only reason to continue watching Megyn Kelly on Today is in the hopes that other liberal actors will offer gif-ready reactions of disdain.
Earlier this year, NBC hired Megyn Kelly take over the third hour of the Today show, replacing Tamron Hall and Al Roker — who, by he way, were doing very well in the ratings (regularly beating «Kelly Ripa and Whatever Man She Hosted With») — with a «friendly white lady.»
I like how NBC is making Megyn Kelly look like this friendly white lady who cares. FUCK HER AND NBC
After bombing out with her Sunday night newsmagazine where she embarrassed herself with a softball interview with Vladimir Putin and then embarrassed herself even more by interviewing Alex Jones before the newsmagazine faded into obscurity, Kelly has decided with her morning show not to focus on politics. It will be a «Trump-free» zone, i.e., «I’ve lost all credibility in the world of politics, so why don’t I interview the cast of Will & Grace now?»
She began her stint as a friendly white lady this morning, and it’s not going well.
If you're not watching Megyn Kelly's morning debut right now . . . It's one of the more mortifying things I've seen in a while
The past few weeks have been pretty bad for everyone’s favorite creepy uncle, R. Kelly. First, we found out about his No Checkout Time bed and breakfast filled with women he Pied Piper-ed into staying with him. Next, we heard from one of his “captives” who wanted to inform us all that he’s the best man she’s ever known and is STAYYYYIN’! Then, we got an exclusive look behind the curtain of the Wizard of Whiz’s world, even being treated to a story from one of the munchkins who escaped his urine scented Lollipop Guild. And through it all, his fans have been supportive and continued to throw money at him for his current After Party tour. Well, that’s finally come to an end! It seems like common sense is ready to overtake this madness, because a few of his tour dates have been cancelled.
TMZ reports that four out of ten upcoming shows (two in Louisiana, one in Dallas and one in Los Angeles) have been axed from the After Party roster. This comes as no surprise since his ticket sales are now lower than his morals. His first show since the sex cult allegations broke occurred last Friday night in Virginia Beach and had a horrible turn out with the venue barely being filled to half capacity. Now, a smarter person would reassess the situation and think to himself, “You know what? I’ma just go home and wait for this shit to die down.“But no. Not Uncle Pissy. He’s determined that the show must go on!
Sources close to Kelly tell TMZ the tour will absolutely go on, explaining the L.A. show was only canceled because of a scheduling conflict with another nearby stop. The sources would not comment about the other 3 terminated shows. As of Monday, there are still a few dates left of the “After Party” tour that have tickets for sale.
I think his fans are finally beginning to step, step away from the smell of bullshit R. Kelly carries around with him. Honestly, I’m surprised that people took this long to push back from all of this nonsense. And when I say ‘took this long’ I am, of course, referring to the 1990’s when he married his child-bride of 15 seconds Aaliyah. I’m sure every morning when he wakes up his issues tap him on the shoulder and whisper ever so lovingly “You remind me of something… a predator.”
It’s not looking too good for R. Kelly nowadays and the spiral can only go downhill as the allegations wreak more havoc on his income. And everyone knows that the best way to mess with someone is to hit them deep in the pockets. Although in R. Kelly’s case, “in the pockets” could also refer to where he hides the hard candy he uses to lure his victims back to the Palace of Piss.
A woman who claims to have intimate knowledge of some of the vile shit we’ve been hearing about at the R. Kelly complex has come forward, and she’s given the harrowing details to Jezebel. And she has receipts. Literally. She has the receipts that prove she was there.
Jezebel reports that the woman, who is given the pseudonym Kim, had an ongoing sexual relationship with R. Kelly. Kim met him about a year ago when she was pulled onstage at a concert. The report states that Kim, who is white, in her mid-twenties and not involved in the music industry (unlike most of the other women involved), “flew to see Kelly about ten times” and that “she said she had been with Kelly as recently as this summer.” It seems Kim was well aware of what she was doing and made it clear that she was never personally under R. Kelly’s Svengali-esque influence. But she has apparently seen some shit… As to those receipts, Jezebel reports:
She provided screenshots of text messages she said were between her and Kelly’s assistant, Diana Copeland, as well as a few between her and Kelly (although, she said, “he’s basically illiterate” and prefers phone calls and FaceTime). She also showed Jezebel travel itineraries for the trips she took to see him, hotel receipts, and a photo she took of the singer asleep on a hotel couch. The itineraries and receipts match up with both Kelly’s tour history and travel documented on Kim’s Instagram account.
Kim’s not fucking around. Well, she was fucking around, but at least she was methodical about that shit. Enjoy the part where she calls him out for being illiterate, because that’s the last “fun” detail you’ll read in this story. Kim detailed some of rules R. Kelly has for the girls which anybody who’s read Helter Skelter or Going Clear will not be surprised by. Jezebel reports that Kim said:
“When we’re out we’re not allowed to look at anyone. We have to keep our heads down.”
The girls are also instructed to “tell on each other. If we’re in an Uber and we chat up the driver we’re supposed to tell him this girl did this or that. He’s very controlling and manipulative. He likes to be in control.”
The women are all instructed to call Kelly “Daddy” at all times, she said, while he refers to them as his “babies.”
“We’re not allowed to talk about anything. We can compliment shoes or nail polish or make small talk about the weather but we can’t talk about any personal details.”
“He records everything. Absolutely everything.”
Yep, that is some classic manipulation torn from the pages of the L. Ron Hubbard playbook. Kim says she never saw “any violence whatsoever,” but gives one particularly disturbing account of a girl being punished for not performing a sex act when requested. The girl was made to strip completely naked with the exception of a heavy chain necklace. Kim goes on, telling Jezebel:
“He had his iPad recording and she was naked except for a big chain and she was running laps from one end of the room to the other. She was running laps around the room and apologizing. She kept saying, ‘I’ve been bad, I’m sorry Daddy,’ shit like that. And I’m standing there and she starts apologizing to me.”
Kim relays many other salacious details with such specificity that it’s nearly impossible to doubt her account. And naturally, R. Kelly’s toadies are running around doing their best to deny, deny, deny. In his own defense, R. Kelly took to Twitter two days ago (#tooktotwitter; I’m going to keep using this until it takes, dammit!) to remind his fans and the world that he is a legend, much like his homie, Nelson Mandela, who also had to rise up in the face of haters.
The look in Nelson’s eyes says it all; “get yo stank-ass dragon breath off me and back the fuck off, you raggedy ass perv“. R. Kelly has got a lot of nerve. First, he tells everybody he can fly and now he’s comparing himself to Nelson Mandela? Well guess what? You can’t fly, and you are going down.
It’s never a good sign when R. Kelly’s name is trending online, but yesterday it was really not good. BuzzFeed published a story accusing R. Kelly of living up to his nickname of The Pied Piper of R&B. They claimed he had lured young women into various homes and kept them in what was implied to be R. Kelly’s version of a cult. R. Kelly denied (via his rep) that he was involved in any such sex cult. One of the women with R. Kelly has recently spoken, and she also denies anything R. Kelly-ish is happening.
TMZ spoke to Joycelyn Savage, the 21-year-old daughter whose parents claimed R. Kelly lured her in by offering to help her with her music career in 2015. Joycelyn’s parents Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage held a press conference outside of one of R. Kelly’s alleged properties in Georgia. Jonjelyn claims the inside of the home is set up like a hotel for the girls, and that there is a special “black room” specifically for sex. Jonjelyn describes her daughter as “severely brainwashed.” She asks that R. Kelly release Joycelyn. Asante McGee, a woman who claims she once lived in a house with R. Kelly and admits she was once an R. Kelly fan, also spoke. She says she has witnessed some stuff in the house, and she didn’t like what she saw. According to Timothy, Joycelyn has Stockholm syndrome.
Joycelyn responded to the comments made in her parents’ press conference, and her story is much different. She says she’s in a “happy place” and denies she’s being brainwashed. She also denies that she’s being held hostage, or being forced to do anything she doesn’t want to do. She admits she hasn’t really spoken to her parents in 5 to 6 months, and says she decided to speak out because everything had “gotten out of hand.”
Then it got a little weird. Joycelyn was asked if she’s currently in Georgia, she refused to answer. When asked if she’s with other roommates or if she’s free to leave wherever she currently is, she refused to answer that as well.
Joycelyn’s father Timothy tells TMZ that Joycelyn’s refusal to confirm her location confirms his belief that she’s being told what she can and cannot do. Timothy defiantly says he’s “waiting on” R. Kelly to file a lawsuit so everyone can see his “dirty laundry.”
Several of R. Kelly’s neighbors spoke to TMZ, and they also deny R. Kelly was running a cult compound. R. Kelly rented a home in a gated community in Duluth, Georgia. The neighbors claim they saw “a bunch” of women coming and going from the home. They claimed that R. Kelly and his entourage would show up every couple of months and stay for less than a week. They say the house in question has been vacant for several months. They add that they absolutely would have called the police if they thought something shady was going on.
Joycelyn claims she’s not being held captive. Okay. But someone really should have warned her before she agreed to speak, that she should maybe reconsider sitting in front of closed curtains and filming with a webcam-resolution camera at an awkward angle. It’s kind of hard for me to believe she’s not being held hostage when I keep imagining the camera accidentally falling off the table and showing R. Kelly on the other side sitting in a director’s chair and holding a set of cue cards.
Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview was more uneventful than its actual content previously suggested. Deadline reports that per early ratings reports, 3.5 million people watched the episode of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, making it the lowest viewership her new Sunday show has received in its short run.
After much controversy, Megyn Kelly’s interview with InfoWars host and sweaty conspiratorial loon Alex Jones aired on Sunday evening. It has been zealously truncated to emphasize moments when Kelly puts pressure on Jones, but the end result is largely ho-hum uneventful journalism.
One-time Fox News sweetheart Megyn Kelly made her debut on NBC News a little over a week ago with a Vladimir Putin interview, and it was supposed to be a real fucking get, or something, but it left some people screaming at her to take a long course at Howard Stern’s Night School Of How To Really Interview A Bitch, because she didn’t get anything out of him. Megyn is getting shit again and this time it’s for an interview that hasn’t even aired yet. On Sunday night, NBC will barf up an interview that Megyn did with conspiracy theorist and “performance artist”Alex Jones, who thinks the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was a staged government hoax involving actors. Because Megyn gave a platform to a tinfoil hat-wearing ass nugget, she’s been dropped as host of a Sandy Hook benefit and her Sunday night show has lost a sponsor.
A piece of Megyn’s interview with Alex is about his theory that Sandy Hook was a hoax. Well, who knew that when you interview a Sandy Hook truther, a Sandy Hook benefit will let you know that they want nothing to do with you. The Washington Post says that the organizers of an annual gala for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit gun violence prevention group founded by family members of some of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, has let Megyn go as host. I know, Megyn Kelly hosting a Sandy Hook gala is a WTF in itself.
“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host. It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
Chase has also washed their hands of Megyn Kelly and have pulled their ads from her show.
It doesn’t seem like NBC is going to drop Alex Jones’ interview. Liz Cole, the executive producer of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, said that they’re serious journalists and it’s their job to interview people in the news no matter how gross they are. Liz said that people should watch the interview before getting outraged. Megyn spit up her own statement, saying that she also gets the heaves from Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook theory, but that as a serious journalist, it’s her job to “shine a light.”
Even Alex Jones himself wants NBC to drop his interview into the shit can. Alex calls his interview with Megyn a “hit piece” and says the show “misrepresented” his views on Sandy Hook.
So let’s see…
Megyn’s NBC News show hasn’t even been on two weeks and so far not many are impressed, she lost an advertiser and the smegma dingle she interviewed isn’t happy with her interview. Outside of NBC Studios right now, Tamron Hallis cackling into the air as Billy Bush and Kathy Griffin stroll in with their resumes to let HR know that they’re available Sunday nights, and any night really.