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Megyn Kelly’s upcoming NBC News morning show will replace the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show, according to an NBC News spokesperson.
The decision comes as Kelly is readying an interview with the Kardashian family, including Kim Kardashian West. It won’t be the reality TV star’s first sit-down since being robbed at gunpoint in Paris last fall. Kardashian West recently appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime show, during which she said she is “such a different person.” The interview is likely to air during the first week of Kelly’s daytime show, which is slated for September. Her Sunday night newsmagazine will get a trial run beginning in June. Dateline executives David Crovo and Liz Cole will lead that effort.
Also possibly on tap for Kelly is an interview with Vladimir Putin; NBC News chairman Andrew Lack reportedly made a recent trip to Russia to negotiate a sit-down with the country’s leader.
NBC News has yet to announce an executive producer for Kelly’s morning show. NBC News president Noah Oppenheim said that the current staff on the 9 a.m. hour of Today will make up the core of Kelly’s staff, though he did not rule out bringing in some people who worked with Kelly at Fox News. But Oppenheim did stress that there is no discussion about Kelly having a regular role on the flagship 7-9 a.m. block co-anchored by Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer.
Kelly’s debut on NBC News will be closely scrutinized. Many TV news insiders have wondered how she will adjust to broadcast daytime, a notoriously difficult daypart, after building a reputation as a tenacious interviewer during her time on Fox News.
“[Kelly] is tough and fair; there’s a place for that [on morning TV],” Oppenheim told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re not giving enough credit to the morning audience to think that they don’t want those things. Her background is as an attorney, she’s a mom of three, and she has had a lot of experiences that will be relatable to a huge cross-section of the audience in the morning.”
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