In a report running under the headline “Matt Lauer Throws Megyn Kelly Under the Bus,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Lauer isn’t exactly rushing to defend his fellow “Today” host Kelly as she endures a rocky start for her hour of the NBC morning show.
“When an industry insider remarked to Lauer last week that celebrities are being advised to avoid Kelly’s ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ — amid ratings struggles and awkward snafus with famous guests — a Page Six spy overheard Lauer reply that he ‘gets it,’ adding, ‘It’s a big problem for them,’ meaning Kelly’s show. Insiders were stunned that the veteran ‘Today’ host didn’t try to defend his new colleague.”
Kelly’s biggest problem appears to be hanging onto viewers, but other issues since her recent debut have included tech gaffes and issues with celebrity guests Jane Fonda and Debra Messing.
“In September — just two days into her run as host of the 9 a.m. hour of ‘Today’ — Kelly upset Fonda by bringing up the actress’ plastic surgery past,” The Post reports. “Messing said that she ‘regretted’ appearing on the show after an awkward moment during which Kelly asked a ‘superfan’ audience member, ‘Is it true that you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of [co-star Eric McCormack’s character] Will?’”
Meanwhile, Kelly’s soft ratings may be affecting “Kathie Lee & Hoda.”
The Post quotes a source saying: “This week was the lowest Kathie and Hoda have rated since 2010. It keeps getting worse. Megyn is killing them. It is a real problem and no one wants to book Megyn’s show.”
For its part, “Today” was downplaying any drama. The report quotes a rep for the show saying: “Sounds like a few troublemakers are trying to stir up drama where there just isn’t any. Everyone’s doing just fine at the ‘Today’ show.”
“Megyn Kelly Today” (NBC)