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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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‘About Time’ may not be a holiday movie, but it’s perfect holiday viewing nonetheless

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“Each December, we bust out the holiday cheer, from obnoxious Christmas music to Love Actually on a loop. I’m all about this — I usually leave my tree up until my January birthday — but I start with a different movie: About Time.

From Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis, About Time is comparatively trimmed down, following the life of Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), the young son in a family where the men can travel through time. There are no other sci-fi frills (and probably some plot holes as a result, but who cares!), since as Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) notes, they can’t change anything outside their own lives.

Instead, we watch Tim try to make the most of his existence, not with money or glory but with happiness, plain and pure.

I’ve loved About Time probably since I saw the trailer in 2013. It was the first movie I saw in theaters after moving to New York that fall, with an old friend and diehard movie buff who was seeing it for a second time. We saw it just after Thanksgiving, which gave it a built-in holiday association for me.

As with Curtis’ previous work, what that truly stands out is the writing – specifically the dialogue, which is unique a way that reflects, you know, how people actually talk, but remains memorable in its specificity (“She wasn’t like other mums. There was something solid about her, rectangular”).

Because Tim grew up by the sea in Cornwall, much of the film occupies its own world, and the parts that take place in London are evergreen, unencumbered by technology or pop culture references.

Like Love Actually, About Time has some issues. After a lovely meet cute with Mary (Rachel McAdams), Tim loses her number and has to meet her again for the first time…………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/about-time-watch-of-the-week/

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Jodie Whittaker will be returning for Season 12 of ‘Doctor Who’

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Jodie Whittaker is still The Doctor.

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“God is a woman and so is The Doctor for one more season, at least.

Jodie Whittaker, who’s currently playing The Doctor in Season 11 of Doctor Who, just confirmed that she will be returning to her role of extraterrestrial Time Lord in the legendary BBC sci-fi series for Season 12.

Whittaker told The Hollywood Reporter that she’s definitely not ready to hand over the Doctor Who-baton to another actor just yet.

“It’s such an incredible role,” Whittaker told THR. “It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”

Just one previous Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, only lasted for one season (Season 1 in 2005.) The other actors have had between two and six years as The Doctor.

While Whittaker’s performance as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who’s 55-year history has been widely praised by critics, there was a good deal of backlash when Whittaker was revealed as the 13th Doctor last year.

Whittaker seemed pretty chill about it, though. She explained in an interview with the BBC that the character of The Doctorrepresents everything that’s exciting about change.

I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,Whittaker said. “The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Please bring your bad-ass attitude to Season 12, Jodie.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/jodie-whittaker-doctor-who-season-12/

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Jason Momoa goes full action hero in ‘SNL’ promo

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“Jason Momoa is hosting the next episode of Saturday Night Live and things are already looking pretty promising based on this promo.

Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the DC movie universe and previously played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, doesn’t look like he’ll be shying away from his beefcake-y vibe on SNL.

He definitely looks like he’ll be bringing some good energy to the show on Dec. 8.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/jason-momoa-snl/

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