Don’t ask Katie Couric about Megyn Kelly.
The former “Today” show host refused to get involved in petty drama involving the staff reshuffling at her former job.
Couric was on “Watch What Happens Live” Tuesday night when a caller bluntly asked: “What do you think of the shake-up at the ‘Today’ show with Tamron Hall leaving and the addition of Megyn Kelly?”
Couric’s face dropped as she said she doesn’t want to get involved. “I think it will all work out, and I think the show is great,” Katie said. “I wish Tamron well, but I’m just not getting involved in the drama of it all.”
Couric added that she hasn’t spoken with Hall about her departure, and said viewers get emotionally invested in staff changes because they feel like they know their favorite TV stars.
“I haven’t talked to Tamron, I don’t know Tamron very well,” Couric said. “I do know Megyn a bit. Unfortunately, I think people sometimes turn morning shows into soap operas because they feel so intimately connected to the people on the show. [Viewers] feel like they’re members of their family. They get very territorial and proprietary about it, and they read things into relationships.”
In January, Tamron Hall abruptly announced that she was leaving the “Today” show. Sources said Hall walked away from “multiple millions” because she felt insulted that NBC was trying to push her aside to make room for a bigger star: Megyn Kelly.
“Tamron doesn’t know Megyn, but of course it’s insulting,” an insider said. “Her show was beating Kelly Ripa. And ‘Nightly News’ would rate well when she would fill in for Lester Holt. Tamron never wanted this fight, but she was ready for it.”
Megyn Kelly, who left Fox News in January, will start working on NBC this summer, and her morning show will debut this fall.
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