Megyn Kelly is continuing her tour of negative press.
Sources say that the Today host “threw an Olympic fit” when bosses at NBC gave the Winter Olympics hosting gig to Katie Couric. According to Page Six, Kelly made a point when signing her contract with NBC that she couldn’t be forced to do particular events such as the Winter Olympics that will be held in South Korea later this year.
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However, after Matt Lauer was fired for alleged sexual misconduct, Kelly assumed that she was going to be offered the spots that he left vacant. It didn’t quite work out that way. The network instead offered it to previous Today host Couric who co-presented the show with Lauer for nine years until 2006, prompting Kelly to complain to her staff that it wasn’t fair and she wasn’t happy with the decision.
“[Kelly] complained to her staff, she complained to her agent, so that [NBC News chairman Andrew Lack] would hear about the fact that she was unhappy,” says a Page Six source, “but he didn’t care.”
Earlier this month, Kelly came under fire for her ongoing feud with screen icon Jane Fonda. Back in September, Fonda appeared on the show alongside Robert Redford to promote their movie, Our Souls at Night. Rather than ask the 80-year-old Hollywood vet about the film process, Kelly opted to question her about her plastic surgery. Fonda was visibly taken aback and shifted the subject back to the movie. In later interviews, the Grace and Frankie star called Kelly out. “I was stunned,” she said at Sundance festival. “It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer.” In an unexpected twist, Kelly launched a full-fledged attack on Fonda earlier this month, against the advice of bosses who were supposedly left stunned by her speech.
“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 okay. But I have no regrets about the 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,” Kelly addressed the camera. “Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane’ thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots.”
It was recently reported that Kelly has landed the first televised interview with actress Nicole Eggert, who has accused Happy Days actor Scott Baio of sexual misconduct.
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