Megyn Kelly vs. Hoda Kotb Feud Heats Up at NBC!

When Megyn Kelly made the move from Fox News to NBC last year, everyone involved seemed well aware that they were in for an awkward transition.

But in all likelihood, no one had any idea of just how messy things would get.

Kelly has struggled to find an audience at her new network, and it seems it’s not just viewers that she’s struggling to connect with.

From the start of her time at NBC, reports of Kelly’s “diva-like” behavior have been circulating non-stop.

Insiders say she’s been alienating her co-workers since day one, and talk of firing Kelly is not uncommon in the NBC boardroom.

Yes, it seems Kelly hasn’t won anyone over in her first year at NBC, but there’s one co-worker who really isn’t buying what Megyn is selling.

In the wake of the Matt Lauer sex scandal, Hoda Kotb has emerged as the closest thing the Today franchise has to a rising star.

She’s taken Lauer’s place as one of the anchor’s of the programming block’s most popular segment and won over innumerable viewers.

And yet she’s still being paid less than a third of Kelly’s yearly salary.

Sources at the network tell In Touch Weekly that Hoda has made no secret of her disdain for Kelly, and the mutual enmity was on full display at the recent NBC Upfronts.

“Hoda and Savannah were standing close to each other and laughed as they exited the stage while Megyn fell back behind them,” said one onlooker at the press event.

“Hoda’s star has risen while Megyn’s has fallen,” the insider adds.

“She’s ready to exercise her newfound power by telling [Megyn] to get with the program. The feud has turned nasty.”

Yes, it seems Kotb’s issues with Kelly’s salary and personality are dwarfed by her concerns about the effect the former Fox News firebrand is having on the Today show brand.

“She’s the ultimate team player,” the source says of Kotb, adding that she’s widely regarded as “one of the kindest, most welcoming, and nonjudgmental people in show business.”

The insider concedes that Kotb is bothered by the fact that she makes a mere $ 7 million to Megyn’s $ 23 million, but her main issue is the fact that Kelly’s ratings have plummeted 11 percent in her first year as part of Today.

“She’s taken the high road publicly,” the insider says of Hoda.

But Kotb’s been at NBC long enough to know that what’s bad for one segment of Today is bad for the entire franchise.

So when asked by her bosses for an honest assessment of Megyn’s performance, Hoda offered exactly that:

“Megyn’s just not cutting it,” the source says bluntly.

“The top brass at NBC wanted to know where they went wrong with Megyn, and they’ve asked certain staffers what they should do,” the insider adds.

“Hoda was honest. She said it’s a likability problem. Megyn’s not relatable.” 

Despite what’s being described as a steadily escalating feud, both sides are reportedly keeping things civil in the workplace.

“Hoda and Megyn remain cordial to each other on camera, but they barely speak to each other once they’ve stopped rolling,” said the source.

“And Savannah is squarely on Team Hoda. It’s not looking like the tension will let up anytime soon between these three.”

Sounds like this situation will get uglier before it gets better.

Hey, if ratings continue to be an issue, maybe center a reality show spinoff on the backstage drama at Today?

We know we’d be tuning in!


Megyn Kelly is a Hypocrite Who Hates Women, Ex-Staffer Claims

Megyn Kelly is most definitely making an impact as the anchor of her very own Today Show hour.

But we somehow doubt it’s the impact NBC had been hoping she’d make when she was hired.

The former Fox News star has failed to garner impressive ratings, while she has managed to make headlines for a variety of negative reasons.

Most recently?

Kelly hurled endless shade at Jane Fonda, picking a fight with the veteran actress simply because Fonda questioned the appropriate nature of a plastic surgery-related question Kelly once asked her on air.

Executives were said to have been shaking their heads at the time over Kelly’s actions.

Twitter, too, as you can see here:

Kelly also once implied that fat people ought to be shamed for their weight.

It’s been a tough run for her.

And it may not get any easier any time soon, not after an ex-Fox News makeup artist named Iren Halperin spoke to Page Six.

In a bombshell interview, Halperin detailed how Kelly mistreated various members of her staff back in the day, specifically female members of her staff.

“She’s disrespectful,” Halperin tells the newspaper. “She’s not for women. She’s extremely mean and rude to women.”

Halperin retired from the business in 2016 and worked with Kelly in 2009, when the latter co-anchored “America’s Newsroom With Bill Hemmer.” 

She points to Kelly as a hypocrite because she claims these days to support the #MeToo Movement – and she told one story, for example, of how Kelly once kicked a female reporter out of the makeup chair because she refused to wait her turn.

Halperin added that Kelly lied to management in the past about her not coming in to work due to “child care issues” after management asked to speak to Halperin…

… and that she finally asked to be switched to a different anchor.

Another Fox News employee interviewed for this New York Post story also demanded a reassignment as a result of Kelly’s attitude.

“She was difficult and demanding,” Halperin says. “If you didn’t do what she wanted, she would try to get you in trouble.”

Kelly was known as an outspoken Conservative during her successful time at Fox.

But she has attempted to become far more mainstream at NBC; she’s tried to appeal to a mass audience, as if she’s just another morning show personality along the lines of Kelly Ripa or Hoda Kotb.

And she’s thus far failed miserably at selling this persona.

Take her January Nielsen ratings in the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic:

They are nearly 30 percent lower than they were for Tamron Hall and Al Roker’s show when it was in the same time slot last year. Ouch.

Just how bad have things gotten after just a few months for Kelly and her program?

A high-ranking NBC veteran told Page Six that the atmosphere is so tense that staffers frequently “cry” on set.

Adds this insider:

“She is hated inside the Today show and is seen as tarnishing the brand, out of control and selfish.”


Megyn Kelly: Banned from the Royal Wedding?!?

NBC appears to have a royally big problem on its hands.

According to an interesting new report, Megyn Kelly knows where she wants to be this spring:

In London. Right in the thick of the most romantic and publicized wedding to hit Great Britain since Prince William exchanged vows with Kate Middleton.

Yes, Kelly wants to cover the Meghan Markle-Prince Harry nuptials.

She wants to be overseas, right alongside Today Show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, filling viewers in on the mood of the crowd, the designer of Markle’s dress and all the other pressing details related to this monumental event.

There’s just one problem:

Kelly’s bosses don’t want here there.


“NBC is going all out for their royal wedding coverage and has only the best correspondents with insider knowledge about the couple and everything going on behind the scenes,” an insider claims to Radar Online.

Kelly, it seems, does not fit this description.

In fact, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim “personally vetoed the request,” Radar writes.

The network is intent on putting together an entire team to be on hand for the wedding and, no doubt, for the days leading up to it.

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Markle will wed Harry on May 19, 2018, with Markle planning on breaking from tradition during her big day.

That’s the sort of major scoop NBC wants to make sure it, ummm, scoops up.

Why wouldn’t it want Kelly to be part of this investigative unit? Per this same network source:

“With NBC putting millions of dollars of resources into the wedding coverage, the last thing that anyone wants is Megyn to be there and say something completely inappropriate on the air which would create its own controversy.”

Kelly’s tenure at her new place of employ has not exactly gone smoothly to date, that much is certain.

She recently received very harsh coverage for the way she BLASTED Jane Fonda on air, slamming the veteran actress for being a hypocrite.

Ratings for Kelly’s hour of Today have also been very weak and there’s been chatter that others at NBC are bitter over how much money she’s making.

Especially when this money is not translating into popularity or viewership.

Overall, folks just don’t seem too keen on Kelly pretending like she’s Kelly Ripa or some TV personality who can casually comment on the news and/or share funny stories from her personal life.

Not after she spent years stirring up controversy as a conservative anchor on Fox News.

This is the fear of higher-ups at NBC apparently.

“She would somehow manage to upstage the royal wedding, and her bosses just aren’t going to take a chance on that,” Radar alleges.

Kelly’s rant against Fonda really does appear to have rubbed executives the wrong way.

“What Megyn is doing is suicide,” an insider previously stated to Radar Online, warning that the host “is welcome to kill her show but she will not be allowed to take down the Today show with her.”

And ain’t no way she’s taking down the MegHar wedding, either!


Nicole Eggert Details Scott Baio Molestation Claims to Megyn Kelly

Over the weekend, former Baywatch actress Nicole Eggert accused Scott Baio of having molested her, starting when she was 14.

As it turns out, Nicole had laid out her accusations for Dr. Oz, but Scott Baio's team had managed to bury the episode, claiming that her story didn't add up.

Nicole Eggert went on Megyn Kelly's show to clear things up. You can watch that video below.

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Scott Baio seems to enjoy arguing that Nicole Eggert's timeline doesn't add up, so she starts off. She's pretty specific, too.

"We started filming the show in September of '86, when I was 14. And he immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust."

That's normally a great thing for castmates. Normally.

"And then he started expressing his love for me … sorry, I'm emotional … and talking about marriage in the future."

That's … creepy.

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"And then I was still 14, before my 15th birthday. We were at his house, in his car, in his garage."

This is when she says that it got physical.

"And he reached over and he penetrated me with a finger."

It was, allegedly, just the beginning.

"And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started, after that."

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Megyn Kelly then makes it clear that the age of consent in California is 18, and that it was, even back in the 1980s.

She later acknowledges that she knows that some people don't care about that. And it's true that some people find that particular law unjust (particularly when it impacts high school students dating each other).

But hopefully we can all agree that a 14 or 15 year old does not need to be engaging in anything sexual with someone over a decade their senior.

Megyn brings that up as a preface to asking, not whether Nicole "consented," but about how Nicole responded at the time.

As with any time that we're talking about a teenager who was allegedly sexually abused by an adult, it's a complicated topic.

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"I was very young," Nicole Eggert describes. "And it was shocking, a little. I had never experienced anything like that before, either."

It sounds like she's describing the very first alleged time, in that garage.

"So he was playing on not only my emotions but my hormones and all of those things."

It is not uncommon for survivors of sexual abuse to feel complicated emotions, including guilt, because some of what happens to them felt good at the time. Even victims much younger than 14 have experienced that, and it does not make anything okay.

She describes how she says that Scott pushed her to remain silent.

"And the issue with him is that he was our boss. And he also was telling me: 'You can't tell anybody. This is illegal, I'll go to jail. The show will be over. Everybody will be sued. You'll be out of a job. You'll be ruining everybody's life."

Even on top of the horrifying age gap, that sounds like a frightening power dynamic.

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Megyn Kelly asks if it happened more than 10 times. Nicole Eggert says that it absolutely did.

"That happened quite often through the age of 16. … Probably once a week. And then, on set, there was a lot of groping, a lot of fondling, a lot of pulling me on his lap."


"You know, trying to sneak kisses in the back. Which other cast members saw."

Megyn Kelly acknowledges that one of Nicole Eggert's former cast members confirmed that to her.

Nicole says that it mostly happened at Scott Baio's house. But though she confided this situation to a few close friends at the time, she said that their reactions discouraged her from telling anyone else.

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Finally, you know how Scott Baio says that her timeline doesn't match up? He says that Nicole was 18 when they had sex.

Well, he cites Nicole's own words for that. As you'll see in this video below, Nicole explains that she had at the time not been ready to expose Scott for what he had allegedly done to her. 

Which, she says, is why she just had a playful interview, and only after the interview was done did she mention upsetting things to the man who had interviewed her. Things that never made it to air.

Megyn Kelly shows a statement from Nik Richie, in which he confirms that Nicole Eggert was emotionally distressed after the interview and had confided that things had been worse than she had stated.

All of that and more is here in this clip. We don't say this often, but Megyn Kelly did a pretty good job with this interview.

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Wendy Williams to Megyn Kelly: You’re Just a Ratings Whore!

Following a random and very rude rant against Jane Fonda, Megyn Kelly is getting dragged through the angry mud on social media.

And also on television.

By a fellow daytime talk show host, in fact.

On Tuesday’s edition of her self-gratifying program, Wendy Williams focused her ire on the former Fox News anchor, whose move to NBC last year has not exactly gone according to plan.

Kelly has had trouble finding an audience for her hour of TODAY, which may explain why she went hard after Fonda on Monday.

Because Fonda did not appreciate Kelly asking her about her past plastic surgery procedures during an appearance last year, Kelly blasted the actress yesterday as a hypocrite and a troublemaker.

She even went all the way back in time and brought up Fonda’s protests against the Vietnam War as proof of… something, we guess.

That Fonda likes to stir up trouble? It’s unclear.

The speech absolutely reeked of desperation, as noted by many social media users who could not believe what they were witnessing.

To wit:

Because it’s the only thing she knows how to do on air, Williams offered up her two cents regarding the Kelly vs. Fonda feud during her Hot Topics segment today.

“Why are you fighting with her, Megyn Kelly? Is your show still on?” Williams taunted, adding that Kelly was clearly “fishing for ratings” via this stunt.

The thing is, of course, Williams is right.

We despise writing those words, but they ring true.

Still… should Wendy Williams call anyone out for any sort of ratings ploy?

This is the same woman who, just a couple weeks ago, said Kylie Jenner’s baby would be ugly and who slammed Oprah as fat.

Those were just the latest examples of Wendy fishing so hard for ratings and attention that she might as well have filmed the episodes from the Deadliest Catch boat.

In this case, Williams went on to say that Kelly was far too new to the daytime talk show “genre” to bring up the topic of plastic surgery with Fonda.

She seems to think such a personal line of questioning must be earned.

“Here’s my thought, Jane does look great, she’s 80 years-old,” said Williams, adding:

“Stevie Wonder could see that’s not a natural 80, but my thought with that is, Megyn is brand new to this one-hour talk format thing and she’s trying to warm up and do some of the stuff that I do…

“She’s trying to be entertaining and light hearted, and they gave her a boat load of money to do it… It’s just not working out.

“As a conversationalist with a show, I can tell you, one of the things you don’t do when you first meet somebody is zoom in with questions like that.”


Can both women please be wrong in this scenario?

We don’t need to actually choose a side, do we?

Kelly can be a polarizing, conservative ex-Fox News anchor who is failing miserably in her attempt to go mainstream…

… While Williams can be a cruel, opinionated blowhard whose only “skill” is tossing out uninformed hot takes on a daily basis.


Please tell us this is right. We can’t actually pick a winner in this dumb feud.


Twitter DESTROYS Megyn Kelly Over Jane Fonda Rant

Megyn Kelly ratcheted up the most random feud of the decade this week, going after Jane Fonda on Monday after the actress gave Kelly a hard time for asking about her plastic surgery procedures.

Several weeks ago, Fonda appeared on Kelly's hour of TODAY and responded unkindly when Kelly inquired about the work she had done over the years.

In response, Kelly went after Fonda yesterday, bringing up her history of protesting the Vietnam War and calling the long-time star our as an agitator and a hypocrite.

It was quite the scathing few minutes, which we summed up HERE.

After watching this unexpected horror show unfold, countless social media users jumped online and went hard after Kelly, slamming the ex-Fox News host and vowing to never tune in for her program again.

Check out the most savage takes below:

1. You Sure You Want to Bring Up Someone’s History, Megyn?

You sure you want to bring up someones history megyn
Seriously, do you even recall what you used to say on Fox News? Every single night of the week?

2. This Would Be So Fetech

This would be so fetech
Honestly, ratings couldn’t get much worse. Why not try it?

3. Embarrassing, Petty…

Embarrassing petty
These were just two of the words Twitter attached to Kelly’s misguided rant.

4. Was This Just a Ratings Ploy?

Was this just a ratings ploy
Lord knows Kelly could use it. Perhaps this was the equivalent of a clickbait article online.

5. A Dark and Sinister Turn

A dark and sinister turn
Granted, not as dark or as sinister as everything having to do with Matt Lauer. But still.

6. You Insisted That Santa is White!

You insisted that santa is white
Viewers never forget, Megyn. Especially when this happened, like, two years ago.

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Megyn Kelly to Jane Fonda: STFU, You Hypocrite!

Megyn Kelly has put Jane Fonda on blast.

There's a sentence we're guessing you didn't expect to read today.

But the NBC anchor took a few moments out from her program on Monday to address the quasi feud brewing between her and Fonda, which started a few weeks ago when the veteran actress sat down for an interview with Kelly.

Fonda was on hand at the time to promote the film Our Souls at Night – and she did not respond kindly to Kelly bringing up her many plastic surgery procedure on air.

"I read that you said you felt you're not proud to admit that you've had work done. Why not?" Kelly asked of Fonda, who responded tersely:

"We really want to talk about that now?"

The exchange went viral because, well, it was very awkward.

And now Kelly has gone on the offensive against Fonda, explaining why she pursued this line of questioning and calling Fonda out. Hard.

"When she first complained publicly after the program and repeatedly, I chose to say nothing as my general philosophy is what other people think of me is none of my business," Kelly opened.

"However, Fonda was at it again last week including here on NBC and then again elsewhere, so it's time to address the 'poor me' routine."

Oh, yes, Kelly held nothing back in this mini rant.

"First, some context," she explained, prior to adding:

"Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women.

"Well, the truth is most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80 and if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women's cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.

"Fonda herself knows this. She knows this and that is why, to her credit, she has discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show."

The show then aired a handful of clips of Fonda talking about her plastic surgery to various outlets and her reasoning for it.

Kelly's general point is that Fonda has opened the plastic surgery door many times and was out of line in making it look like Kelly was out of line for bringing it up.

"Apparently, when she came here, however, again to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off-limits," Kelly continued.

"Look, I gave her the chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well and she rejected it.

That's ok, but I have no regrets about that question, nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate.

"After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage."

From here, Kelly brought up Fonda's comments during the Vietnam War, saying the actress set out to "shame" American troops.

She also took Fonda to task for more recently telling the BBC that she was NOT proud of her country because it elected Donald Trump as President.

But she is proud of the "resistance."

Seriously, Kelly went deep with this take-down.

"So, the moral indignation is a little much," she concluded of Fonda.

"She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America and honestly she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive."

Watch the full slamming below:

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Megyn Kelly Basically Encourages Viewers to Shame Fat People

Megyn Kelly would very much like a mulligan.

The NBC anchor claims she really did not mean to sound this week as if she was PRO-fat shaming.

What led some viewers to think Kelly actually held this seemingly ridiculous stance? Well…

During an interview Thursday with fit mom Maria Kang – a mother who is very into fitness and who is best known for her “No Excuses” campaign – Kelly made an eyebrow-raising remark.

And that’s a kind way of putting it.

“You should parlay the shaming thing into a professional business. Because some of us want to be shamed,” said the controversial host to Kang, who was promoting her workout philosophy.

Continued Kelly, sharing some personal history:

“When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat a–?’

“And it works!”

It’s easy to see how Kelly could have just been trying to make a joke here.

But it’s also easy to see how it could have been interpreted as the encouragement of fat-shaming – since she’s literally explaining that making her feel bad about her body was an effective strategy employed by her family member.

On Friday, facing a great deal of backlash, Kelly clarified her position.

On air, the failing reporter said “would never encourage [body shaming] toward any person,” despite how she may have come across the day before.

“I said something yesterday on the show that clearly struck a nerve, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have openly,” Kelly continued.

“We were discussing body shaming others, something I absolutely do not support. In fact, quite the opposite.”

Kelly then got very candid with viewers.

She explained that her “entire family is or has been overweight or obese.”

She also shared that her sister weighed more than 300 pounds at one point, prior to undergoing gastric bypass surgery, and that when she Kelly was six years old, she came home “in tears” after a neighbor called her mom “fat.”

There’s a history here, she elaborated.

She was simply trying to relay some of it on Thursday in her chat with Kang.

“By the time I got to middle school, the hormones and the weight kicked in. I was chubby by any standard and soon I found myself on the wrong side of some vicious bullies,” Kelly said.

She added:

“Ones who called me fat, and made fun of my backside, who subjected me to humiliating pranks. Those comments can cut deep, trust me, I know.

“Soon there were diet pills and obsessive exercise and I had reduced my calorie intake to 500 calories a day.

“My heart was racing all day, my hair and skin were dry but I was thin. And so unhappy.

“I was scared of gaining weight because of the insane standard this country holds its women to and because I was and remain afraid of dying in my 40s, which happened to my father.”

Kelly has grown and evolved.

She says she tries to eat healthy and is no longer ashamed of her figure.

However, “I still cringe when I hear a person attacked for his or her weight.”

The journalist says she can relate and that’s all she ever meant to imply with her initial comment.

In conclusion:

“Please know, I would never encourage that toward any person. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I once encouraged it toward myself. What I know for sure is that weight is an issue for millions of people, thin and heavy alike.

“And neither deserves to be judged or shamed for how they choose to handle that struggle.”


Megyn Kelly: I Complained to My Bosses About Bill O’Reilly

Over the course of the past year, the Fox News Channel has been rocked by numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct from both executives like the late Roger Ailes and on-air personalities such as Bill O'Reilly.

O'Reilly was fired by Fox back in April, but the new reports of his abusive and predatory behavior continue to surface.

Last week, both The New York Times and CNN confirmed that O'Reilly paid out an astonishing $ 32 million to settle out of court with former colleague Lis Wiehl, who leveled unspecified allegations against the conservative commentator.

O'Reilly responded to the report by issuing a statement in which he claimed he had been "viciously smeared" and asserting that in his 21 years at Fox News, no one woman ever complained about his behavior to human resources or the network's legal department.

Today, on her NBC morning show, Kelly proved that he was lying:

"Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience," Kelly told her audience this morning, adding:

"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."

Kelly then aired a clip from an interview with O'Reilly in which he accused her of "making [his] network look bad" by addressing the Ailes scandal in her memoir, even though Ailes had resigned in disgrace by the time the book was released.

Kelly responded with an email to her bosses, which she made public for the first time today:

"Perhaps it’s his own history of harassment of women which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than ‘I am just so sorry for the women of this company who never should have had to go through that,’” Kelly wrote at the time.

Check out the courageous clip of Kelly confronting O'Reilly and the culture of harassment at Fox News below:

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