Something that often gets under my skin — and you people in the comments, bless, do this more than anyone (no offense) — is that when someone finally sees the light where it concerns sexual harassment, or Trump, or whatever, you’re all like, «Too little, too late!»
I get it! I do! But I’m usually just so relieved that they’ve come around to the right side on an issue that I can’t bring myself to hold their past against them too much (so long as I believe they are being genuine in their reversal). I’m a very forgiving person, perhaps to my detriment.
With my forgiving nature as context, where it concerns Megyn Kelly’s terrific speech this morning on the Today show speaking out against Bill O’Reilly, all I can think is: «Too little, too late.»
Where was that speech last July when Gretchen Carlson spoke up? Where was that speech when — as Kelly concedes herself in the clip above — Bill O’Reilly was attacking his accusers? Where was this speech when it would have made the most difference for all the women at Fox News who have been harassed and assaulted for the last decade?
Granted, Kelly didn’t defend Ailes or O’Reilly at the time, but she didn’t admonish them, either. Aside from O’Reilly, she was the most powerful person on the network at the time. She had no problem engaging in a feud with Sean Hannity, so why didn’t she come to the defense of so many of her female co-workers?
Look: No one has any obligation to speak out about their experiences, and I am certainly not suggesting that Kelly had any such obligation to do so. But she could have stuck up for her colleagues, especially when she knew that their accusations were true. She could have provided some moral support. Instead of being largely silent, she could have simply said, «I believe them.» That’s all it would have taken.
Or maybe she shouldn’t have. Megyn Kelly is her own person, and at the time, she was trying to get a new contract with Fox or another network, and maybe she didn’t want to rock the boat. She was looking out for herself, and I get that. But after looking out for herself for months and months and months, it’s hard not to notice that this speech criticizing Bill O’Reilly comes after weeks of falling ratings, and that it comes at a time when Megyn Kelly needs the positive attention the most.
Is that a coincidence? Or was this genuinely the first opportunity Megyn Kelly had to speak out against Bill O’Reilly?
I hate feeling so cynical about this, but as Kayleigh points out, «it’s good she’s speaking up but the woman who had Mark Fuhrmann as her preferred guest on police brutality issues has so little moral high-ground for anyone to take her 100% sincerely.»
Or, as TK says, «Hey before we start singing Megyn Kelly’s praises, let’s not forget that years of being a racist, homophobic shitwad are not erased just because she suddenly is speaking out about Bill O’Reilly. She is still, in her heart of hearts, a fucking awful person.»
I guess that’s where I’m at. I really, really like to believe in the best intentions of people, but the timing of this? It feels opportunistic.
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.
The transition of Megyn Kelly from the fräulein of Fox News to the tart of the Today has been more of a car crash than a walk in the park – and now the ratings reportedly show she’s sinking the whole ship!
Between her “gay thing” snafu on her first day and pissing Jane Fonda off, Megyn isn’t exactly making friends on her new show, Megyn Kelly Today. But some thought the ratings would still be high considering there’s nothing people love more than to tune in and watch a hot mess do her thang. It’s how Andy Cohen built an empire! But a source told Page Six her ratings are shit, and it’s making the whole show stink:
“Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the ‘Today’ franchise, but the numbers show Kelly’s lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda Kotb’s show, which follows straight afterwards. They’ve taken a huge hit with Megyn as their lead-in.”
Not the booze bag and makeover hour!!! People must prefer Jenna Bush Hager,Sheinelle Jones, and Boston’s old weather gal Dylan Dreyer to Miss “Santa Is White” because Megyn’s hour of Today is down a whopping 32% from the same time last year. And Hoda and KLG’s mess express of a show is down 26%! Sources say head honchos at Today are mildly shitting bricks:
“Too many people are tuning out NBC. Hoda and Kathie Lee had been a bright spot in the mornings. People are alarmed.”
Megyn also apparently ditched her publicist last month, so some would say this is a downward spiral. Tamron Hall is probably twirling her cane into the sunset with the last laugh…only…she has tainted talk show juju on her end, too.
Tamron told HuffPo that she’s talking to her agents about the next steps for her show, and she called Harvey Weinstein directly at 5am after she heard about the New York Times article about his years of alleged sexual harassment. She described the call as a “take no prisoners” kindof call, which I hope means she took off her earrings and went after him like she did with Scott Baio. Even though Harvey is no longer with The Weinstein Co., Tamron is still concerned considering she has built a reputation covering crimes against women with her Deadline Crime show on TLC.
Considering Megyn’s show is such a bomb and Harvey is such a turd, why not remake the third of hour of Today into “Tamron and Ann Curry Come Home” and relegate Megyn to the social media correspondent who just reads tweets on-air and hands out Kathie Lee’s CDs to visitors in the NBC gift shop? That would bring a surge in ratings and make Good Morning America get fewer viewers than public access!
With respect, Megyn Kelly: I’m not usually a «listen to your elders» kind of guy, because your elders are usually old white dudes who started yelling at clouds from their lawns around the turn of the century. But this is Tom Brokaw we’re talking about. He’s a goddamn institution. The man was covering Watergate while you were still waiting for your White Santa to show up on Christmas Day. And Brokaw ain’t some lefty loon. He’s a goddamn cornfed Nebraskan who has been covering the news for 53 years, and most likely, he did your show, Mrs. Kelly, as a favor, because NBC thought a little of his legitimacy might rub off on you.
So, you know, maybe don’t cut Mr. Brokaw off when he mentions the NRA. That commercial break will fucking hold until the man can finish his thought. We don’t «gotta leave it at that,» Megyn. Let the man speak his mind. Give him more than 45 seconds before you cut him off. He’s earned that right. Show some respect. If you really want to have an «honest conversation,» then don’t interrupt the man when he’s trying to say something salient about the National Rifle Association.
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.
Debra Messing may have had to report to the principal’s office over at NBC for a slap on the wrist for dissing network cohortMegyn Kelly on Instagram after appearing on her show. According to Page Six, Messing was told to “cut it out” which is something your kid sister says to you when you keep making her slap herself in the face. But it’s also apparently something that NBC bosses say to their talent if they step out of line. Page Six reports:
While NBC insiders defended Kelly’s comments as “tongue-in-cheek,” Messing got a stern warning.
One exec told us, “Debra was told to cut it out by someone high up in the NBC Entertainment division run by Bob Greenblatt, via her agent or publicist.”
Debra’s rep was asked about the incident but declined to comment. A source close to the actress however denies that Debra got detention and claims that NBC fully supports Debra and is totally going to vote for her for Homecoming Queen. I bet another source for the actress is the one who wrote “MK Sucks” in the girl’s bathroom on the third floor of the science building and started the rumor that Megyn let Susan Sarandon finger her at Becky Adams’ kegger last weekend. Meanwhile, a source for Megyn is probably plotting an elaborate prank which involves bleach, a bottle of Clairol #8 and a cucumber. If these two don’t hurry up and bury the hatchet, NBC Prom is going to end up being a total blood bath!
Ah, there’s nothing better than live TV mishaps. It’s even better when those mistakes turn into curse words being thrown around because we can’t have that kind of colorful language on network television.
Even worse, it happened on Megyn Kelly’s new show which has apparently been a major flop in its first week. Then, not only that but they’re having an extremely important discussion on women in sports before the guy wanders into frame and the “SHIT” is heard.
All around disaster. Props to Carli for handling it like a true pro’s pro there.
Jane Fonda reunited with Robert Redford on the Today show on Wednesday to chat about their new movie, Our Souls at Night, with Megyn Kelly. While the interview started on a good note, things took a drastic turn when Megyn asked the actress about the plastic surgery she’s admitted to having had done in the past. «You admit you’ve had work done, which I think is to your credit,» Megyn said. «But you look amazing. I read that you said you’re not proud to admit you’ve had work done. Why not?» Jane’s facial expression almost immediately changed before she firmly said, «We really want to talk about that now?» Fast forward to the 1:30 mark to see the incredibly uncomfortable moment in all its glory.
Susan Sarandon’s arch liberal rival Debra Messing says she regrets appearing on Megyn Kelly‘s premiere performance on Today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Debra made the bold political statement in the most direct and unequivocally bravest way possible, by burying it in a comments thread on a picture she posted on Instagram of a bowl of cucumber slices captioned “Snack time! #presstour”.
Debra posted a picture of cucumbers on her Instagram page and when someone asked her why she was on Megyn Kelly’s show, she answered back and said she regrets it and was “dismayed“at Megyn’s jokes.
Well, my grandmammy always did say “there’s nothing like a bowl of cucumbers to fuel a culture war”. You’ll remember that ex-Fox news reporter and black Santa denier Megyn Kelly kicked off her stint on Today by making a lazy gay joke followed by a shady gay joke while the cast of Will and Grace’s dignity slowly seeped out of their pores (maybe that’s what the cukes were there for, to soak up the toxins).
Debra seems like a real “please like me type” (see also: Lea Michele, Anne Hathaway), so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that she was only regretful after somebody called her out on her shit. Earlier in the day she was happy to retweet Sean Hayes’ picture of the cast cheesing it up with Megyn in the studio.
Something stinks like a rotten cucumber. Sounds like Debra might be full of shit about not knowing that Megyn was the host (everybody else seemed to know, it was her big debut and all!) or she’s full of shit about liking cucumbers as a snack. Look, they’re fine but put some fucking Crystal salt or dressing on them for fuck’s sake. If she really wanted her high-minded integrity intact she would have refused to do the show, or made a point of calling Megyn out, or Debra could just have ate her naked water fruit.
Well, at least when NBC finally gets their biggest tax write-off of the year (aka when they finally dump Megyn Kelly Today), we’ll have a glorious supercut of all of her guests making the face they made when they realized that they need to fire their publicist immediately for putting them on that awkward dumpster puddle of a show.
Fresh off from her triumphant debut, Megyn Kelly had Jane Fonda and Robert Redford on her show, which should be called I’m Likable, Dammit, this morning. Jane and Robert were on to pimp out their movie Our Souls At Night. It’s obvious that both Jane and Robert have had their mugs pulled, nipped and tucked, but Megyn decided to ask Jane about the work she’s had done. Watching Megyn try to come off likable and FUN! while interacting with humans must be like watching me interact with humans at parties. It’s painful, cringey, tragic and makes you want to drink whatever is left at the bar.
When Megyn asked Jane about plastic surgery, Jane threw her a death stare that surprisingly didn’t cause the morning show robot to malfunction.
Megyn: You admit you’ve had work done, which I think is to your credit. But but you look amazing. Do you, have you, why did you say, I read that you said you felt like not proud to admit you’ve had work done. Why not?
Jane: We really want to talk about that now?
Megyn: Well one of the things people think about when they look at you is how amazing you look.
Jane: Well thanks. Good attitude. Good posture. Take care of myself. But let me tell you why I love this movie we did…. rather than plastic surgery.
It’s a sad day when legendary talk show hosts like Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake and Charles Perez don’t have a talk show, but Megyn Kelly does. But you know, I still hope that Megyn’s shit show goes on forever, because who needs morning time caffeine when you can get high from watching her guests drag her to the edge of the earth with their eyes. Please let Megyn’s people book Aretha Franklin or Patti LuPone next. We need this.