NBC is going through a lot of changes in the wake of Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct scandal – and none of it is benefiting Megyn Kelly. Not only did Kelly miss out on becoming Lauer’s replacement, but the network is reportedly thinking about moving her show to a new time slot. Is this the beginning of the end for the former Fox News anchor?
An insider revealed to Radar Online that producers want to move Kelly’s show back an hour to benefit Hoda Kotb, who landed Lauer’s old job. Kotb is now hosting alongside Savannah Guthrie in the 8 o’clock timeslot, but she is retaining her old show with Kathie Lee Gifford at 10 am.
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Producers believe that airing Kotb’s segments back-to-back makes more sense than her taking an hour off. For Kelly, this means her show would be moved from 9 to 10 am, which probably won’t help her in the ratings department.
“No one at NBC thought Matt Lauer being fired could solve an ongoing problem facing the third hour of the show — Megyn Kelly’s terrible ratings — but there is a plan in the works because of the termination,” the source explained.
The insider added that, per Kelly’s contract with NBC, she must agree with any scheduling changes before they take effect. Kelly isn’t likely to sign off for the new timeslot, and it sounds like Gifford doesn’t want the change either. A source claims that Gifford likes her 10 am slot and doesn’t want to adjust her personal schedule just for Kotb, who is expected to eventually part ways with Gifford.
According to Fox News, Kotb landed an $18 million contract to replace Matt Lauer. Although this is a big bump in pay for Kotb, it is considerably less than what Lauer was pulling down prior to the scandal. Last year, Lauer made over $25 million co-hosting the Today show. For another comparison, Guthrie makes around the same as Kotb while Kelly’s salary is around $20 million.
Although the bad news continues for Kelly, Closer Weekly reports that she is getting ready to write a tell-all book about Lauer’s sexual misconduct. Kelly has compiled numerous interviews from women who claim that Lauer sexually assaulted them and she’s getting ready to reveal them all in a new book.
No word on when the book will hit stores, but Megyn Kelly could fetch upwards of $10 million from publishers.