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Megyn Kelly is hurting NBC's ratings: report

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 10/11/2017 Cara Sprunk
Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her NBC show "Megyn Kelly Today" in September 2017. © Peter Kramer/NBC Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her NBC show "Megyn Kelly Today" in September 2017.

A new report in Page Six says Megyn Kelly is damaging NBC's morning ratings.

The former "Fox News" host, who is reportedly being paid between $15 million to $20 million for the gig, has struggled since she started her show last month. And now an insider is telling Page Six that "Megyn Kelly Today" is not a singular problem, but it is bringing down the entire "Today" show.

"Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the 'Today' franchise, but the numbers show Kelly's lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda Kotb's show, which follows straight afterwards," a source said.

Megyn's hour is down 32% compared to a year ago and "Kathie Lee and Hoda" is down 26%. According to another source, Megyn's fellow "Today" show talent is concerned, believing her format doesn't make sense and distracts from the whole franchise.

Right after the show premiered, another report in Page Six claimed insiders were confused why her show was a "political-free zone," when her work in hard news and politics is what initially made her so popular. 

The 46-year-old has been plagued by scandal since her Sept. 25 debut. Debra Messing said she regretted going on to her show when Megyn made a comment to an audience member about them becoming gay because of Will from "Will and Grace." Additionally, she ticked off guest Jane Fonda when she attempted to ask the 79-year-old about her plastic surgery.


But another insider told the outlet it's not all bad.

"Megyn posted her highest ratings yet in the 'key demographic' on Monday, and she had her biggest total viewer number since the premiere," the insider said. "Everyone knows that ratings fluctuate at the start of a new show, and there has been nothing but support for Megyn from all of the 'Today' show hosts. They have each taken her out to lunch — Kathie Lee just took her to lunch ...."

Related slideshow: Talk show scandals  Daytime drama! Some of our favorite talk shows have endured some pretty intense scandals over the years, from battles between co-hosts to affair accusations and more, and is rounding up the most dramatic controversies to date! First up is the 2016 feud between Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan! The "Live! With Kelly and Michael" co-hosts had a pretty dramatic split once Michael announced he'd be leaving the morning program for a lucrative new gig on "Good Morning America." Michael joined the show in 2012, but the pair were reportedly anything but amicable behind-the-scenes long before he left. TMZ reported that Kelly often bullied Michael, and that once he got offered the "GMA" gig, he was quick to take it. Michael announced the move in April, but planned to remain with "Live!" through the summer -- and Kelly retaliated by taking an unscheduled hiatus from the show. She eventually returned and claimed she'd "earned the right" to the break and congratulated Michael, but things were clearly still tense between the two. Michael ended up leaving the show early in mid-May. Keep reading to check out more big talk show scandals! Megyn Kelly is hurting NBC's ratings: Report


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