That bit of news was more than enough to prompt the usual flurry of Twitter Inc. (TWTR) - Get Report chatter, and more than a little condemnation from self-identified Trump supporters still peeved about her questioning of their candidate last year during televised debate on 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) - Get Report news network.
Kelly in January signed the three-year $69 million contract with NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp.'s (CMCSA) - Get Report , to host both political specials as well as a morning show, which debuted on Sept. 25. Her salary would place her above late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, at roughly $15 million a year, but lower than 23-year Today host veteran, Matt Lauer, according to The Daily Mail. Other NBC and Comcast executives were not happy when they learned about Kelly's compensation, the news outlet reported.
For her first week on air, Kelly lost badly to Live with Kelly & Ryan on ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Report . "Megyn Kelly Today's" premiere drew 43% less women 25-54, than her ABC rivals for the 9am EST weekday slot. After initially drawing 2.9 million total viewers for his first show, ratings declined rather rapidly.
In one of her earliest interviews, Fonda was visibly peeved when asked about her plastic surgery, countering that with Robert Redford alongside her, there were better subjects to discuss. Messing was equally confused when Kelly brought a so-called "super fan" from the TV audience, and curiously asked him, "Is it true that you became a lawyer, and that you became gay, because of Will?"
She later added, "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." Twitter and other social media platforms lit up once again.
Kelly, of course, was famously poached from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) - Get Report after building a large and loyal fan base over a 12-year career. NBC was quick to sign Kelly once it became clear that her best-known colleagues at Fox News deeply resented her decision to corroborate Gretchen Carlson's allegations that the network's right-wing co-founder, the late Roger Ailes, had been party to sexual harassment for years.
Earlier reports had Kelly's contract at $17 million to $20 million per year. Signing Kelly, who made her mark talking hardball politics for a network that skews heavily male, was a bet that her middle-American charm would translate into the kind of celebrity chitchat that pleases the morning talk show crowd.
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