According to a rumor, some NBC hosts and staff members are pining for fellow host Megyn Kelly to be axed and sent packing because of her alleged exploitation of the #MeToo movement.
“Megyn Kelly’s days at NBC may be numbered,” Page Six reporter Carlos Greer revealed during a segment Friday, citing unnamed inside sources. “We have an exclusive that network veterans are counting down until the ‘Today’ show host is off the airways.”
The ongoing exasperation with the “Megyn Kelly Today” host by some NBC personalities reportedly reached a fever pitch last week when she sat with US Weekly for an interview.
“US Weekly asked her what she thought about Matt Lauer. They asked her if he could have a comeback after that very serious sexual assault claim that got him fired,” Greer explained, citing allegations last year that Lauer had used his position with the network to sexually abuse and harass women.
Kelly replied during the interview by insinuating that she knows additional facts about the former NBC star’s behavior that would prevent him from ever returning to the spotlight.
“I know too much that others don’t know,” she specifically said.
And for some inexplicable reason this angered her peers at the network.
“That ruffled some feathers at NBC,” Greer said. “And sources told me that she’s not well-liked there. And there were a lot of eye rolls. In fact, this is what they said: ‘What does she really know, because she’s not that close to a lot of people there. She’s only been there for a year. So they feel like she’s milking the #MeToo movement.'”
Kelly’s team reportedly responded to this rumor by speculating that “staffers sympathetic to Matt Lauer” are the ones angry with her. This theory makes sense, given that several hosts at NBC have repeatedly been observed defending their former colleague.
Just watch how “The Today Show” hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb reacted last November when announcing their colleague’s termination:
They sounded more sympathetic toward Lauer than his victims.
“For the moment, all we can say is that we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he is loved by many, many people here,” Guthrie said, before briefly adding that she was also heartbroken for his accuser.
That being said, a representative for NBC has disputed the allegation that some of the network’s staff members are awaiting Kelly’s own termination.
“Whoever’s saying this is trying to start a war that doesn’t exist. Her show is empowering and engaging, and we’re especially proud of her coverage of #MeToo,” the rep reportedly said.
“But I’m also being told that people are counting down the days — they want her off the air,” Greer concluded.
So which is it? If the network’s core audience’s opinion of the “Megyn Kelly Today” host is any indicator, then the rumor may very well be true. Just look at how the liberal network’s predominantly liberal audience members reacted on social media:
She should have never been there in the first place. NBC needs to remove her now, they shouldn’t support and give a platform to such nastiness
— Jennifer (@jennifrancoise) October 5, 2018
EVERYONE can’t wait for her to leave.
— Lynn Lavelle (@NCWineLady) October 5, 2018
Big mistake hiring her.
— Maggie Ernst (@MaggieErnst8) October 5, 2018
When is she leaving? Not soon enough!
— @karenlynn (@patriotmom53) October 5, 2018
— John Lester (@lesterohio) October 5, 2018
It’s not just the staffers. Everyone wants her to leave.
— RoGrazi ? (@rogcar99) October 5, 2018
She should’ve never been hired there. They knew her politics and her views before they signed her up.
— La?rese Prince ?? (@LaTresePrince) October 5, 2018
— Vote them out November 2018! (@beverly44889890) October 5, 2018