Megyn Kelly wasn’t happy when NBC scrubbed her from the Winter Olympics lineup. The former Fox news anchor reportedly threw a fit after the network sent Katie Couric to the opening ceremony and left her in the studio. Why didn’t the network pick Kelly to cover the winter games?
According to Page Six, Kelly has a clause in hermulti-million dollar contract that prevents NBC from forcing her to cover special events. Kelly basically wanted control over her assignments and had signed the contract when Matt Lauer — who typically spearheaded special events — was still on the show.
After Lauer was fired over the sexual misconduct scandal, Kelly thought she would be asked to helm Lauer’s old assignments, like the Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. When the network picked Couric instead, Kelly made sure everyone at NBC knew she wasn’t happy about it.
“[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, but he didn’t care,” an insider revealed.
The insider says that Lack now realizes that Kelly is a complete diva and is determined to keep her out of the inner circle at NBC News. Kelly left Fox News in 2017 and signed a major contract with NBC in January of last year. She now hosts her own segment on Today and hosts Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly over the weekends.
Kelly has not commented on the Olympic rumors, though an inside source at the network says there is no truth to the reports. The insider claims that hosting the Winter Olympics is not a desirable job, especially given the lack of ratings over the years.
NBC is planning on sending Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Al Roker, Lester Holt, Dylan Dreyer, Craig Melvin and Willie Geist to cover the games.
NBC typically makes a huge deal over the Olympics. The network dished out close to $1 billion to broadcast the games and plans on sending most of its crew from Today and Nightly News. In fact, both shows will broadcast segments from the Olympics and spend most of time covering the games.
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With Kelly pulling down a $23 million salary, most people expected her to be the face of the Olympic coverage. Instead, Kelly will broadcast her Today segment from the studio in New York while her colleagues are at the games in South Korea.
It still isn’t clear why Megyn Kelly was not asked to go to the Olympics. Her show has suffered to attract viewers all year long and could really use a boost in ratings.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to kick off on February 9.