When Megyn Kelly announced she was jumping off the Fox News ship for more mainstream NBC, she likely hoped it would be a swan dive from her high “Santa just is white!” platform into cooking demonstrations and free liquor thanks to her timeslot butt-bumping against the fourth hour of Today with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Day one is over, and it seems like it was more like a belly flop.
Slate notes how good ol’ Meg tried to flee the dark lords and lordesses that made her famous by kicking off her show with the claim, “the truth is I am kinda done with politics for now.” Considering how the ratings were for her more politically-charged Sunday news show, that political break-up might not be of her own doing. Some took her pussybow wardrobe pick as sartorial shade at her old sparring partner Donald Trump. Beyond that, Megyn did all the shit you’re supposed to do on a morning show – especially if you’re trying to shed the stiff, race-baiting ghost of your old employer! She smiled, she had on the cast of Will & Grace, and she still somehow managed to piss off the gay community. Wait, wha?
AOL notes how she brought up a gay W&G superfan who became a lawyer because of the show. Megyn, who used to be a lawyer herself, joked, “Is it true that you became a lawyer — and you became gay! — because of Will?” Oof. Nature not nurture, Meg-ANN. She then gave the guy a free trip to catch a taping of the show and noted, “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.” Girl…
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The Washington Post is calling Megyn Kelly Today “a morning-show Bride of Frankenstein.” Having read Megyn’s memoir last year (don’t shoot me! I come from a Red State, and it was a stocking stuffer from white Santa my mother!), none of the show shocked me that much. The entire thing was kind of a giant fap fest of her accomplishments, and the WaPo notes that translated onto the TV:
“Most of the episode devolved into an intentionally meta hall of mirrors, inviting the audience to admire Kelly as much as Kelly admires Kelly — a morning TV show about the birth of a morning TV show.”
There was even a scene where Hoda and KLG introduce Megyn to the make-up room as though she had never seen one before. Granted, maybe they just wanted to show her one that offered more than blonde highlights and CVS pancake batter make-up like the one over at Fox News:
“A middle segment featured the “Today” regulars welcoming Kelly to 30 Rockefeller Center, a predawn festivity of studied smarm, with the added delight of seeing Kathie Lee Gifford sit in her makeup chair and play nice-nice with Kelly the way an old house cat would welcome a naive and extra-squeaky mouse to the kitchen.”
Everyone is kind of expecting this thing to flatline sooner than later. Meredith Vieira and Katie Couric’s shows didn’t last too long. Even Bethenny Frankel’s equally self-involved show croaked after one season. Meanwhile, I assume Tamron Hall must be somewhere cackling singing along to, “Swish, Swish, bish!” Glad someone is!