This past weekend, the staff of the Today Show made their way to Broadway to see weather anchor Al Roker make his stage debut in Waitress. Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Kathie Lee Gifford, Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer, executive producer Libby Leist, and over 25 other staffers went to the show, but there was one person noticeably absent — Megyn Kelly.
After the show, the crew went to Butter — a New York hotspot — to celebrate with the 64-year-old Roker and his wife. According to Radar Online, there was one staff member overheard saying “this family does everything together.” Does this mean that Kelly isn’t part of the “family?”
Network execs are reportedly worried about Kelly’s plummeting ratings, and the other hosts of Today are getting sick and tired of her diva attitude. An NBC insider says that Kelly has created a less-than-comfortable environment on set, and Kotb and Guthrie are not big fans.
However, it doesn’t seem to bother Kelly. She is laughing all the way to the bank, thanks to her huge salary. The 47-year-old news anchor earns anywhere between $18 million and $33 million a year, depending on the amount of news segments and specials she works on, as well as hosting Megyn Kelly Today.
Kelly won’t reveal her actual salary, but she does claim that some reported numbers are not accurate. She says that someone put a number on it, and everyone else ran with it. But, she says people can believe what they want to. However, Kelly adds that she earns every penny of her salary, and she makes no apologies for it.
Critics have been harsh on Kelly since she moved to NBC to host her own hour of Today. From the beginning, she has struggled to find an audience. But, Kelly says she doesn’t feel pressure because of money, and that isn’t what her job is about.
She says that if money were a big deal, she would have never left her job as an attorney at Jones Day where she was almost partner. Instead, she quit and took a $17,000 a year reporter job. And, she also says that NBC isn’t paying her as much as Fox News. Instead of money, Kelly says it is about doing what works for her and her family and makes her happy.
After 14 years at the network, Kelly left Fox News in January 2017. She said that one of the reasons she left the network was to spend more time with her husband Douglas Brunt, and their three children, Yates, 9, Yardley, 7, and Thatcher, 5.
Kelly says that she tells her kids she isn’t famous, and she just “does the news.” She wants to keep them grounded in reality and doesn’t place any value on fame. When it comes to money, she wants her kids to know the value of a dollar. When they ask her if the family is rich, she tells them that mom and dad are doing fine, but the kids have nothing.
Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie have not commented on any of the drama at Today.