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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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Kit Harington was ‘shocked’ by ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

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“HBO has confirmed Game of Thrones‘ final supersized episodes, including three that hit the 80-minute mark. While the first two episodes will be around the average Game of Thrones hour, the series’ final four episodes will be – as promised – roughly the same runtime as a short feature film.

The first two episode run times were already confirmed, but HBO released all six on Friday.

Episode 1: 54 minutes
Episode 2: 58 minutes
Episode 3: 1 hours, 22 minutes
Episode 4: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode 5: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Episode 6: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Resourceful fans have been sussing out the official episode lengths for months now. Winter is Coming approximated all of them as early as January, thanks to some French press for the show.

On Monday, an online commenter figured out that tinkering with some HBO URLs revealed the exact run times of all six episodes, which are almost exactly as HBO went on to confirm.

Game of Thrones returns April 14.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-s8-episode-run-time/

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Late Night – Official Trailer Amazon Studios

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Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time. LATE NIGHT is in theaters June 7th.

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5 Amazon Prime Original series you need to binge in March

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“Amazon Prime Video is making great strides to increase its library of original programming, with roughly half-a-dozen original series hitting the platform every month. March brings a wide variety of new Amazon Prime TV shows, from debuting survival thrillersThe WidowandHannato the final season of dysfunctional British sitcomCatastrophe. With new series rolling out nearly every Friday in March, you’ll never be at a loss for new Amazon Prime TV shows to start binging. If that’s not enough, you can check out our comprehensive guide to in March.

For now, though, here are five Amazon Prime TV shows you need to watch in March 2019.

Amazon Prime TV shows: 5 new series to watch in March 2019

1) The Widow season 1 (March 1)

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Georgia Wells cant get over the plane crash that killed her husband, Will. Maybe thats because nobody ever found his body. Now, large cash withdrawals are being made in Georgias name, and strange footage leads her to believe her intuition was rightmaybe Wills not dead. Armed with this new information, Georgia embarks on a mission across the Congo, dodging corrupt government and deadly mercenaries to find the truth about her long-lost husband.

2)Tin Starseason 2(March 8)

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Season 2 of thisBritish-Canadian drama with Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)picks up right where season 1 left off: with Sheriff Jim Worth (Tim Roth) bleeding out in the snowy mountainside, having just been shot by his own daughter. Will there be a reckoning or a reconciliation? Both? This underrated series is worth catching up with……………………………………………………”

See the rest of the list by clicking here: https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/new-amazon-prime-tv-shows-march-2019/

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