Megyn Kelly just made sure NBC execs knew she was unhappy about their decision to bring aboard Katie Couric to cover the opening ceremony at the upcoming Winter Olympics, The New York Post’s Page Six reports, citing unnamed sources.
“Television insiders say that Kelly insisted, when signing her $23 million-a-year contract with NBC last spring, that she could not be forced to do special events such as the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which start airing on the Peacock Network on Feb. 9,” The Post reports. But Kelly’s attitude apparently changed after Matt Lauer, who has been NBC’s go-to personality for special events, got the boot from the network.
Following Lauer’s exit, “Kelly assumed she was next in line for the plum assignments,” The Post reports, adding that once former “Today” co-host Couric was brought in, “Kelly wanted to have it on principle.”
The report quotes a source saying Kelly “complained to her staff, she complained to her agent, so that [NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack] would hear about the fact that she was unhappy, but he didn’t care.”
According to The Post, the source indicated that Lack has finally realized Kelly is “a diva” and that “she’s not going to be part of the NBC News … inner circle.”
The report notes that an NBC News insider said there’s “zero truth” to the story.