NBC News has its newest star on a fast track. The network now plans to put Megyn Kelly to work starting next month, with her Sunday night show expected to premiere in June, The New York Post’s Page Six reports, citing an NBC insider.
“Kelly had been expected to start in July after her Fox contract expired, but she was just released from her Fox deal two weeks ago,” The Post reports. “She will join Kate Snow as part of NBC News’ Sunday night programming.”
The report adds: “NBC News vet and former ‘Dateline’ executive producer David Corvo will executive produce Kelly’s Sunday show with another longtime NBC producer, Elizabeth Cole. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack flew to Russia earlier this month to meet with Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, sparking buzz that a Putin interview may launch Kelly’s show.”
Plans for Kelly’s other main assignment at NBC, a weekday morning show, apparently aren’t going as smoothly.
“We’re told NBC is still scrambling to find a staff and executive producer for the weekday morning show, which will debut in the fall,” The Post reports, citing another source saying: “It’s a very real problem. There’s no staff in place. They have no idea what they’re going to do with Megyn. Ideas range from talk show to studio audience to news show. It’s a problem.”
Another NBC insder offered a different take, saying: “Megyn’s morning show is almost entirely staffed — and it doesn’t air for another five months. They just haven’t announced anybody.”