Megyn Kelly, felling good!
No one expected Megyn Kelly’s move from inflammatory Fox News host to soft-focus daytime talk show host to be a smooth ride but, if the first week is any indication, it’s going to be a lot more awkward than we could have imagined.
In fact, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver had an entire montage dedicated to some of Kelly’s, er, “greatest hits,” they aired on Sunday, the eve of Kelly’s daytime debut.
The video underscores the difficult task NBC has in adapting Kelly for a non-FOX audience, with Kelly quotes like:
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. Jesus was a white man, too.”
“Gay rights are more and more protected and recognized in this country. Christian beliefs and Christian rights, not so much.”
“The New Black Panther party out there saying, ‘we’ve got to go kill some cracker babies.'”
“Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?”
“Do you hate white people?”
No amount of money that NBC dumped into her new contract or the way they’ve tried to portray her as a folk hero is going to erase any of that as Kelly has to find a way to shift from being the face of a conservative news station.
And while the rough reviews and low ratings of her NBC News show have set the bar fairly low, there’s no getting around how awkward this first week was for Kelly.
Making a Mess with Debra Messing
Kelly’s former Fox personality started to peek through a bit on the first day, Monday, when Kelly hosted the cast of Will & Grace on her show in a bit of cross-promotional glory, what with the Will & Grace revival also debuting on NBC this week.
One of Kelly’s bits was to welcome on a huge Will & Grace fan to talk to the cast about how they inspired him. It was a really cool, thoughtful concept!
The execution though?
Kelly kinda flubbed a key question by asking Turner, “Is it true you became a lawyer and you became gay because of ‘Will’?”
Turner gracefully moved right past the flub without acknowledging it. But at the conclusion of the interaction, Kelly closed it by quipping, “I don’t know about the lawyer thing, but I think the Will & Grace thing and the gay thing is going to work out great!”
Kelly’s comments were poorly received by fans, one of whom asked Will & Grace star Debra Messing on an Instagram post why in the world she would go on Kelly’s show (See: Kelly’s Fox News highlight reel above).
Messing’s reply: “Honestly I didn’t know it was MK until that morning. The itinerary just said Today Show appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments.”
“We really wanna talk about that now?”
If you thought Monday’s Will & Grace moment was awkward, things on Wednesday with Jane Fonda didn’t go any better after her plastic surgery question.
To be fair to Kelly, Fonda has talked openly about her plastic surgery and her complicated feelings toward it in past promotional interviews so it’s not like Kelly broached a completely taboo subject. But one can also understand Fonda’s exhaustion with the topic and desire to, you know, talk about something else. (Noted: Robert Redford, also a guest during the same interview, was not asked whether or not he had ever had or considered plastic surgery.)
Still, it made for riveting and extremely awkward television. And that it was an interaction with an actual guest — as opposed to family or a fan — only made things look more awkward for Kelly.
No matter how Kelly’s show pans out — failure or success — this clip went viral and will stand as either a milestone from which Kelly will only improve or the signifier that this was never going to work.
Idk who this Megyn Kelly is but she gone after sister Debra AND NOW SHE WENT AFTER MY MOM IN LAW MISS FONDA WHAT IS WRONG WITCHU??
— MO (@momo_gmz) September 28, 2017
Not to be outdone, Wednesday also gave us the first part of Kelly’s interview with Lyle Menendez of the murderous Menendez Brothers! It was a bit weird for half of the interview to be Kelly sitting pensively at a desk while talking on the phone. But that’s at least understandable because Lyle’s in a California prison.
And it’s understandable that she would inquire as to whether an imprisoned double-murderer has any joy in his life.
In which Megyn Kelly asks Lyle Menendez, who is serving a life-sentence for murdering his parents, if he has any joy in his life. pic.twitter.com/sNj4uR6eBc
— Yashar Ali
The British reality dating show that you need to start watching immediately
“At precisely 9 p.m. every night for the next three months, just as the sun is setting over the United Kingdom, Twitter comes alive.
There’s nothing in the water and we certainly can’t blame it on the weather. It’s all because of Love Island, a British reality dating show that currently has the nation transfixed. Brits are gripped by the action unfolding on their television screens, and they begin flooding Twitter with their feelings using the #LoveIsland hashtag.
So, what the hell is Love Island? Well, in a nutshell, it’s Britain’s answer to the U.S.’s Bachelor In Paradise. The only difference is that the show airs every single night for three drama-packed months.
The new season of Love Island — which began one week ago — kicked off with the arrival of 11 strangers comprising six men and five women. The women arrive first and exchange hugs with their fellow contestants. Then, as the men arrive one-by-one, the ladies step forward when they see someone they like the look of.
Much like Bachelor in Paradise, the power alternates between the male and female contestants each week. Now, if that sentence….”
Game of Thrones prequel series ordered from George RR Martin and Jane Goldman
HBO has given a pilot order to a series set thousands of years before the hit show with Kick-Ass and Kingsman screenwriter Jane Goldman as showrunner
“HBO has given an official pilot order to their first Game of Thrones prequel series.
The as-yet-untitled show will be co-created by original author George RR Martin and Jane Goldman who will act as showrunner. Goldmans screenwriting credits include Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The series will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the worlds descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. HBO has released the following logline: Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend its not the story we think we know….”
Kenan Thompson explains why he ‘fears’ leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kenan Thompson is afraid of what comes after Saturday Night Live for him, and we get it.
“The length of Kenan Thompson’s tenure on Saturday Night Live has become a running joke on Saturday Night Live. And he knows it.
During Donald Glover’s recent monologue, Thompson acknowledged just how long it’s been since he first auditioned in 2003. After entering his 15th season in 2017, he became the longest-serving cast member, dethroning previous record holder Darrell Hammond.
The fact that he’s stayed on is impressive — but the consensus is that if you’re not leaving SNL, you probably don’t have anywhere better to go. Or something else is holding you back
In a Hollywood Reporter interview, Thompson explained….”
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