It would seem that NBC is wasting no time in dusting off the blonde hairs from Megyn Kelly’s chair at the Today show and filling it with her replacement. And it looks like NBC might be going with the person she unceremoniously replaced last year, Al Roker.
We know by now that NBC News officially canceled Megyn Kelly’s hour of Today. Rather than fill the hour between 9am and 10am with commercials for Febreze and Jimmy Dean Delights, TMZ is saying that the third hour will be co-hosted by Al Roker.
Sources say that NBC has decided to go with someone in-house, rather than finding some outside talent who was willing to step into the mess that Megyn left on her way out. They know Al Roker will work, because he’s already had the job. Al hosted the 9am slot with Tamron Hall. But they were both bumped out when NBC decided to throw several millions at Megyn Kelly, a choice I’m sure has made NBC wish they could get their hands on a DeLorean and get a re-do, Back to the Future-style. Tamron left NBC News, but Al Roker stuck around.
Last week, Today put the third hour on re-runs from the summer, but they were back live today. The 9am slot was hosted by Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and Al Roker, and Hoda announced they were starting “a new chapter” as the third hour “evolves.”
“Today, as you know, we are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show as it evolves. We want you to know that the entire TODAY family will continue to bring you informative and important stories, just as we always have.” pic.twitter.com/7xC0tyPdZT
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 29, 2018
Yes, it’s all sort of like a new chapter of a Choose Your Own Adventure book titled The Halloween Costume No-No. And the previous chapter ended with the words: “If you think it’s okay to do blackface for Halloween, you must be Megyn Kelly. Please skip forward to the unemployment line.”