Controversy continues to follow Megyn Kelly.
Her move to NBC has been anything but smooth.
Now she is in the middle of another blow up.
Kelly continues to make demands of NBC.
The anti-Trump anchor is criticizing the on-air looks of the Today Show hosts and is insisting on her own personal makeup artist.
Radar Online reports:
Megyn Kelly is making the move to morning TV in a matter of weeks, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be toning down her sex appeal: RadarOnline.com has learned she’s already at war with her TODAY show bosses over the makeup look she’ll wear on air!
According to an insider, Kelly, 46, “is fighting hard” for her long-time makeup wizard, Vincenza Carovillano, to join her on air, ensuring she’ll keep her trademark look no matter what.
“Megyn doesn’t like the glam squad at The Today show,” an insider told Radar. “She thinks the anchors look tired and frump, so she is insisting on bringing in her own team.”
This is another sore spot with Kelly and the current Today Show hosts.
Kelly already forced the cancelation of the popular 9am Today Talk hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker, causing tension at NBC.
The New York Post reports:
“Another adds: “People are pissed. The third hour was beating every syndicated show across the board. They [NBC News chiefs] . . . bit off more than they can chew when they hired Megyn.”
Producers of “Today’s” 9 a.m. hour learned they were out on Friday morning, just 24 hours after Roker tweeted out that they’d beaten Kelly Ripa for seven weeks. He posted, “Congrats to our #TODAYsTake @TODAYshow 9am producers for producing the #1 morning show 7 weeks in a row!! @tamronhall and I are very blessed.”
But another source told us no one foresaw vet Roker being pushed aside as a host by Kelly. “Al has been slighted after all these years and proving himself on this hour. He was hopeful NBC would do the right thing,” a source said.
Meanwhile, another source added, “Savannah is upset. She’s not convinced that Megyn doesn’t want her job. She was told about them hiring her 30 minutes before they made the announcement.”
Kelly is walking into a tense situation at NBC.
So it’s not surprising she is bringing in allies.
However, none of that matters if she can’t deliver to an audience.
When Tucker Carlson took over for her on Fox News, he actually grew the viewership for the 9pm hour.
This suggests the audience Kelly drew was loyal to the Fox News brand and not Kelly herself.
If she is an early ratings flop, expect a ton of sniping and leaking to the press from her jilted Today Show colleagues.