Changes at NBC’s “Today” show have set off speculation and fears of a shake-up to make room for former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
The network reportedly cancelled the show’s third hour to create a spot for Kelly, who will be starting at NBC in September, sources told Page Six.
‘Today’ staffers fearful amid Megyn Kelly shakeup | Page Six https://t.co/DU6ubyN4dQ
— Dan Paquet (@danpaquetdp) January 28, 2017
The unexpected change has fueled rumors that Kelly will be replacing anchor Savannah Guthrie, either taking over the 9 a.m. hour from Tamron Hall and Al Roker, or replacing Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford at 10 a.m, according to Page Six.
EXCLUSIVE: Megyn Kelly will take over the 9 AM hour from Tamron Hall and Al Roker or replace Hoda and Kathie Lee https://t.co/1feDjd4lhn
— Page Six (@PageSix) January 27, 2017
Hall’s contract is up next month and may depart the network, but Roker is expected to continue, the publication added.
“The talent on ‘Today’ has been left in the dark, and no one knows why there’s such disruption when the show is doing so well,” an inside source told Page Six.
“People are pissed. The third hour was beating every syndicated show across the board. They [NBC News chiefs] . . . bit off more than they can chew when they hired Megyn,” another source said.
Just one day after Roker tweeted a congratulatory message on the show’s ratings, producers learned of the 9 a.m. cancellation.
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 26, 2017
“Al has been slighted after all these years and proving himself on this hour. He was hopeful NBC would do the right thing,” a source told Page Six.
Guthrie is reportedly upset as well.
“She’s not convinced that Megyn doesn’t want her job. She was told about them hiring her 30 minutes before they made the announcement,” another insider said.
NBC, however, dismissed talk of Kelly being part of its flagship show earlier this month.
“We just signed Savannah to a massive deal that is longer than Megyn’s. A lead anchor role at ‘Today’ isn’t part of the conversation for Megyn,” the network said.
And judging by the reaction of viewers, it would be wise for NBC to keep Kelly out of the “Today” show line up.
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— Pamela Foley (@PamyDFoley) January 27, 2017
Dear @TODAYshow if u replace Al Roker & Tamron Hall w Megyn Kelly, I, like many others, will drop entire show & watch Good Morning America
— Matt (@FilmFan_001) January 28, 2017
@people This is horrible news.
— Lindsay Cronin (@GirlWithGossip) January 27, 2017
So Megyn Kelly is going to take over a time slot on the Today show? Calling a massive ratings tank right now. You heard it here first!
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