Megyn Kelly’s new show on NBC was immediately a ratings disaster. Now, sources at NBC are privately noting they are “freaking out” after signing her for a $15 million contract.
As Radar reports:
The new NBC personality’s interview with Erin Andrews for Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly was destroyed by 60 Minutes, which scored 7.66 million total viewers. Kelly got a paltry 4.35 million people to tune in to her program.
“NBC is freaking out,” a source told Radar. “They didn’t pay her $15 million for this. They are now worried that her numbers will be bad when she joins the 9 am hour of Today.”
“If Kelly tanks at 9 am she will also bring down Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at 10am,” warned the source.
In order to do damage control, producers are scrambling to land Kelly some major “gets” to improve the 46-year-old journalist’s ratings.
On top of poor ratings, Megyn Kelly just received more bad news. She will be dropped from a gala to support Sandy Hook victims’ parents due to her interview with Alex Jones.
The interview was Kelly going out on a limb desperately trying to save her show. And while it hasn’t even aired yet, her willingness to interview infamous conservative radio host Alex Jones was too much for advertisers and the families of the Connecticut school shooting.
This is a devastating embarrassment for Kelly:
Kelly will no longer host the Promise Champions Gala, an annual event for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit gun violence prevention group founded by family members of some of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, the organization announced late Tuesday. The event is scheduled to be held Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of the organization, said in a statement. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that JPMorgan Chase pulled its local television and digital ads from all NBC News programming until after Sunday’s interview airs. A company spokeswoman declined The Post’s request for comment on the report.
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
In addition, Jones is claiming Kelly is selectively editing the controversial interview:
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) June 12, 2017
Clearly, leaving Fox News was the worst possible career decision Kelly could make. By shifting to the left and attacking President Trump, Kelly is now a broadcaster without a loyal audience. Her days at NBC are numbered.
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