IRONY: Megyn Kelly Needs Harvey Weinstein to SAVE Her
Maybe Megyn Kelly can book Harvey Weinstein, post-rehab?
Because outside of a lot of “has beens”, it appears Hollyweird wants no part of Megyn Kelly.
According to Variety , publicists have essentially blacklisted Kelly’s show.
“I’m not booking anyone on her show,” says a high-powered publicist, with a roster of big names, who asked for anonymity due to her overall relationship with “Today.” “I literally haven’t pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad.”
Another well-known publicist, who represents one of the celebrities who has appeared on Kelly’s show, wasn’t pleased with the interview. “I won’t plan to have others go on,” the publicist said. “None specifically have been offered or asked to, but it’ll be my preference not to.”
Part of the problem is self-inflicted, as Kelly’s interviews have been somewhat embarrassing. For example, her reference to Jane Fonda’s plastic surgery.
Though Fonda pretends to be outspoken about the “work” she’s had done, even a novice journalist knows not to ask questions about such things. Because first, that Fonda is proud of her “work” is a lie. But second, plastic surgery should be treated like pregnancy, “Don’t ask, don’t tell!”
And then there are the ratings.
Page Six explains Kelly’s ratings drag down the entire Today franchise. In her time slot, Kelly’s show lost 32 percent compared to last year. But what’s worse is that Kelly’s show was to be the on-ramp for the show that follows. However, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dropped 26 percent:
“Too many people are tuning out NBC. Hoda and Kathie Lee had been a bright spot in the mornings. People are alarmed,” the source said of the slide. Another source told us that “Today” talent is concerned.
“The format for Megyn’s show doesn’t make sense. Her show distracts from the ‘Today’ franchise,” the second source said.
Megyn Kelly struggles to make the transition from politics to pop culture. She doesn’t understand Hollywood, which is not necessarily a bad thing as the Harvey Weinstein saga suggests. However, her new role differs greatly from her role at Fox News.
Is Kelly tough enough to buck the system, and pull and “Ellen” of sorts? Time will tell. But she likely won’t have a lot of time to figure things out. Van Susteren lasted six months. Kelly’s clock may instead by a time bomb.
Sadly, Kelly doesn’t have that massive Fox audience to bring.
TBS wrote at the time of her departure from Fox:
Her star had fallen a bit with Fox’s core audience, as many felt she betrayed Trump. Producers tell me that Megyn still enjoyed great ratings, but I didn’t see that in my social media.
Honestly, when I’m on with Judge, I get much more social media interaction that I have with Megyn. I had actually quit announcing I was going on the show, because I didn’t want her producers reading my Twitter feed.
So the news that Megyn is leaving Fox is not a total surprise to me. As the Hollywood Reporter wrote,
The move, officially announced by NBC News, ends a lengthy period of public speculation about her future at the 21st Century Fox-owned network.
Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for a role at NBC News, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The move, officially announced later Tuesday by NBC News, would end a lengthy period of public speculation about her future at the 21st Century Fox-owned network. The New York Times‘ Jim Rutenberg first reported the move.
Kelly’s new role will see her returning to the daytime, Monday through Friday, the period that made her famous with Fox News Channel’s America Live.
I know a lot of Fox watchers, certainly the Trump supporters will be happy Megyn is gone. Personally, I think she will be a better fit, returning to her earlier format, so the move was likely a good one for her.
If Kelly can jettison her later Fox persona, and return to her more jovial self, she might survive. From what I have seen so far, Megyn appears to still be looking for her genuine self.
And what of the irony of a Weinstein interview? Could Weinstein actually save the career of a woman without having her watch him shower?