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The most awkward moments from Megyn Kelly’s very weird first week on daytime TV

Charmaine Blake

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Megyn Kelly, felling good!

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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!”

Oof.

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.

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. 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 grabs Emmy for most outstanding drama

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Game of Thrones won the Emmy for most outstanding drama series Monday at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones won the series its third Emmy in the category. It was the show’s second Emmy of the evening, after Peter Dinklage’s win for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Game of Thrones beat out The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This is Us, and Westworld.

Each season of Game of Thrones has been nominated for best drama at the Emmys since its first season debuted at the awards show in 2011. Seasons 5 and 6 both took home the Emmy in 2015 and 2016 respectively. A handful of other actors including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, and Emilia Clarke have also earned Emmy nominations over the years.

While the seventh season of Game of Throne is not widely regarded as the best of the series, it was certainly a big one and the hype around the show has not died down ahead of its next season.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 2019.

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