Kelly isn’t a morn­ing per­son

‘To­day’ off to rough start

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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.

AP PHO­TOS, ABOVE AND LOWER LEFT

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.

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