Kelly isn’t a morning person
‘Today’ off to rough start
Megyn Kelly could have done anything she wanted after exiting Fox. She was a feared and respected political journalist with huge ratings.
What she has chosen to do, apparently, is make the nation cringe.
The debut of “Megyn Kelly Today” on NBC may go down as the most awkward and uncomfortable week of morning TV ever.
After spectacularly taking on Donald Trump in the GOP debate and writing a best-selling book, the former Fox News host became a household name and the most sought-after star in the TV news business. She could have written her own ticket to anywhere — and she apparently wrote a bad one. Let’s start with Monday’s premiere. Kelly delivered back-to-back gay gaffes when she invited a “Will & Grace” superfan from the audience to meet the cast. “Is it true that you became a lawyer — and became gay — because of Will?” Kelly asked the fan. I’m cringing just typing this. And then, Kelly said, “I don’t know about the lawyer thing, but I think the ‘Will & Grace’ thing and the gay thing is going to work out great.” Actress Debra Messing, who plays Grace, later wrote on Instagram that she was “dismayed by her comments.” As for her fashion choice, Kelly channeled Melania Trump, wearing a pink pussy-bow blouse, much like the one Melania wore to her husband’s debate after the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape where he boasted of grabbing women’s you-knowwhat. On Wednesday, Kelly was met with a steely stare from Jane Fonda when she asked Hollywood’s grand dame about her plastic surgery during a segment with Robert Redford touting their new movie, “Our Souls at Night.” Oh, if looks could kill ... “We really want to talk about that now?” Fonda said.
Fonda, who has talked in the past about going under the knife, said afterward that Kelly’s inquiry “seemed like the wrong time and place to ask that question.”
But it’s not just the bad jokes and ill-timed questions.
Kelly seemed much more comfortable and confident in the role of the razor-smart, fearless inquisitor on Fox than in the role of the chipper, happy-go-lucky morning TV host.
Who could forget Kelly during the Republican showdown when she held Trump’s feet to the fire over his degrading comments about women? And the way Kelly challenged Newt Gingrich when he said she was “fascinated with sex” on her show.
The competition wooed her — and Fox reportedly dangled a $20 million-a-year carrot.
Kelly went with NBC, rolling out a newsmagazine program over the summer that fizzled.
At the start of her “Today” debut, Kelly joked that she planned to dissect Trump’s latest tweet.
“The truth is I am kind of done with politics for now,” she said.
Clearly, her strength is pure politics.
Too bad NBC — and Kelly — don’t realize that.
CRINGE-WORTHY: Megyn Kelly, lower left and far right above, made multiple gaffes on her new ‘Today’ show Monday with the cast of ‘Will and Grace’ (Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Eric McCormack, above from left) and Wednesday with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, below from left.