A handful of TODAY staff members are angry at the way that Megyn Kelly responded to the news that Matt Lauer was accused of sexually assaulting an intern.
According to reports, weeping anchors and staff said that they are furious at Kelly for throwing Lauer under the bus.
Many of them also revealed that they are not surprised because since Kelly left Fox News and joined NBC in early 2017, she had one goal — take Lauer’s job and become the face of TODAY.
One person called Kelly an opportunistic and added: “We work in an industry of egos, but this is the most opportunistic thing we’ve ever seen. We now have the highest paid person at NBC News hosting one of the lowest rating shows, and rather than being humble, she takes the first opportunity to take the spotlight and make it all about her and what she knew.”
Another said she is selfish and went on to explain: “Our team is hurting, and the newest member of the team who is yet to prove herself is out and about making public comments that she truly has no knowledge of. But rather than sticking around and spending time with the staff, Megyn made sure she was the center of attention. ‘No one wanted Megyn here, she was forced upon us and today reinforced why she will never be a member of the TODAY family.”
In case you have missed it, here are the blistering words Kelly had for Lauer: “We are in the middle of a sea change in this country. An empowerment revolution painful as this moment is for so many here at NBC today, at CBS [with Charlie Rose] earlier this month, at Fox News over the last year, in Hollywood this fall, it is a sign of progress. Of women finding their voices, their courage and of the erosion of a shameful power imbalance that has been in place for far too long.”
The former host of The Kelly File added: “In my experience, a news organization is bigger than any one person. They all face challenges, they all stumble. But the good ones stay standing and forge forward, fulfilling their core mission: Journalism.”
Some commenters say this kind of behavior might play against her in the future.