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Megyn Kelly, in a series of prelaunch interviews, has been very clear about the show she wants to run every day at 9 a.m. on NBC — one that’s light on politics but heavy on inspiration and fun. She followed through on that early vision with the Monday morning launch of Megyn Kelly Today, which replaces the 9 a.m. hour of Today.
“As you heard, we have the entire cast of Will & Grace live, along with the show creator,” Kelly told her live studio audience. “And then we’ll be dissecting the latest tweet from President Trump! Oh, wait! We will not be doing that. The truth is, I’m kind of done with politics for now. I know. You know why, right? We all felt it, it’s everywhere. And it’s just gotten so dark.”
The first episode of the show felt like something of a coming-out party for the new, warmer Kelly.
Her mother was in attendance, as was her husband, who came out from the audience and gave her a bouquet of roses. Kelly said her husband, unlike her, is “not a TV person” and “likes his privacy.”
Kelly began the show by talking about her background and telling the story of losing her father to a heart attack at the age of 15. “We didn’t have a lot of money, but we did have a lot of love and a ton of honesty,” the former Fox News anchor said.
Kelly also received a very warm welcome from the entire Today show family. In a taped segment, she rode a tandem bike to work with Al Roker and cooked an omelet with Matt Lauer, who earnestly seemed excited to have Kelly as a colleague. “I wish you success, honey,” 10 a.m. co-host Kathie Lee Gifford told her. “Mostly, I wish you joy.”
Later, the cast of Today came out and held a mimosa toast to Kelly, who had said in a New York Times story last week that “if you had to put a drink on my show, it would be a mimosa.” Lauer led the toast, and said, “Here’s the newest addition to our family. Here’s to many happy mornings. Here’s to Megyn Kelly Today.”
Kelly interviewed the entire cast of the rebooted NBC show Will & Grace, and, like a good morning show host, asked at many points, “What did that feel like?” In another dose of corporate synergy, Kelly will have the cast of This Is Us on Tuesday morning’s show.
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