A report published over the weekend describes what it calls a “toxic atmosphere” behind the scenes at NBC’s morning show “Megyn Kelly Today.”
“A high-ranking NBC veteran said that the show atmosphere is so tense that staffers frequently ‘cry’ on set,” The New York Post reports. “Kelly, 47, has tried to reposition herself as a warm, Oprah-like figure, dancing with ‘Today’ colleague Hoda Kotb on-air and peppering her show with cooking segments and weight-loss experts. But the tenacity and combativeness that made Kelly Fox’s prized anchor may spell her doom at NBC, where, sources say, she is viewed as unrelatable for morning viewership.”
The Post quotes its NBC source saying of Kelly: “She is hated inside the ‘Today’ show and is seen as tarnishing the brand, out of control and selfish.” The source noted that Kelly made a mistake by attacking Jane Fonda, considering that celebrity interviews are a mainstay of the “Today” show.
“NBC execs are said to be growing weary of Kelly’s drama, such as questioning Jane Fonda’s patriotism in a January monologue,” The Post reports.
The report adds that Kelly’s January Nielsen ratings in the key 25-54 demo were almost 30% below what they were last year for Tamron Hall and Al Roker’s show in the same time slot.