What will happen to Megyn Kelly? It may have limited choices


Megyn Kelly's time for "Today" was canceled amid controversial comments by the host about the blackface.

Where do you go after you get to the top and fall to the bottom?

Megyn Kelly, who was fired from NBC's "Today" show, is probably wondering this question now – and finding that her choices are limited despite the explosive expansion of the media world she is living.

"It's an anchor without a portfolio and homeless," says Mark Feldstein, a professor of radio journalism at the University of Maryland, who spent two decades on television news for ABC, CNN and local news stations.

"It can be nice (economically) with all the money she has saved, but there are not many choices for it and I'm sure they are very attractive choices for someone with the money and visibility they are used to."

There is no other main news site to get it, and her previous home at Fox News is not interested. He could go to Fox Nation, the new network streaming service launched on November 27, or Sinclair Broadcast Group, the emerging conservative network of local TV channels. It could host a new union show tailored to her personality or follow the example of Fox's former colleague, Bill O'Reilly, and go straight to the internet with an electronic show.

He could even return to being a lawyer. Or he could go home with millions and write another footprint that regulates memoirs about how he ended up in this unpleasant situation. No matter what, these choices will probably be considered as big steps down for it.

Still, it's hard to imagine that Kelly just fades – not after her years bathed in the glamorous glow of the media light.

Kelly on "Megyn Kelly Today" on 22 October 2018, a day before controversial remarks, led to the cancellation of the show and negotiations to leave NBC News. (Photo: Nathan Congleton / NBC via AP)

"Once they get a taste of the TV, they are like vampires – they can not return to their anonymity, their souls will not allow it," says Feldstein.

Judy Muller, a long-time former ABC correspondent who is currently a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California, says that for television people, ego and professional prestige often go beyond mere money.

"But are we just going home and getting out? Not on the cards," says Muller from Kelly. "The good news about (she) is that there are so many more (new) stores than it existed. It will be humiliating, no matter what it does."

Robert Thompson, head of the Bleier TV and Folk Culture Center at Syracuse University and an older pop artist, recognizes the very large media universe, but still believes that Kelly's choices are "really too limited" to be considered stop if it is not reversed.

"The question is, where are you going that is not considered as a sharp fall from where you were heading," says Thompson. "I think the way Megyn Kelly has to describe this conclusion is: I'm fine with what's going to be perceptible backwards and downwards and also knowing that there is not much up and down Paths".

Feldstein says: "Kelly, once a megastar, has destroyed the goods less than two years after leaving Fox News in a huff and going to NBC News with career ambitions and brand change Oprah Winfrey.

She took it nine hours, presenting her own show and a multi-million dollar salary, but she could not fit with an NBC staff suspected of her signed cold-blooded conservatism, who was so successful at Fox. After criticizing NBC's bosses for dealing with Matt Lauer's sexual abuse, following clashes with some high-profile guests and after ratings began falling, all the tears fell last week.

In remarks that were non-existent at best, racists at worst, Kelly suggested (in a white group of visitors) that the blackface insult in a Halloween costume is just the political correctness that runs amok. It seemed particularly obvious given its history of questionable comments (such as her insistence that Santa Claus and Jesus are white) when she was at Fox.

Megyn Kelly with Melissa Rivers, Jacob Soboroff and Jenna Bush Hager during a Halloween Hall at Megyn Kelly Today on October 23, 2018 when Kelly defended the use of blackface in carnival costumes. (Photo: Nathan Congleton / NBC / via AP)

Instantly, Twitterverse – and NBC – told her she was wrong. At least, it was a remark that revealed ignorance, says Muller. "You can not be the head of the show for this kind of money and being stupid (NBC) did not buy the stupid." The minute he said, they had no choice.

The next day, Kelly admitted that she was wrong with a scandalous apology at the airport, followed by a multiracial conversation in which she attended training because she was wrong.

"Perhaps she lives in such a bubble that she did not understand how her comments would be radioactive," says Feldstein. "All these years of red meat at Fox made her think that small portions would somehow be acceptable to NBC, and it's not."

Already worried about Kelly's estimates and their impact, NBC chiefs have canceled her show and her and her lawyer, Brian Fredman, have begun to negotiate the terms of her slow departure. Could it get all the millions who stayed in her contract for $ 69 million? Should you agree not to talk well about NBC in the future? Will there be a non-competition clause? Everything is still in the air, but Freedman and NBC keep each other publicly and continue to get furious.

Meanwhile, Kelly begs for privacy, describing on Twitter how the paparazzi come out of her home. He accused the British tabloid "The Daily Mail" of crossing a line by photographing her husband at home and recording her 7-year-old daughter at her school. "THIS IS NOT RIGHT," he said on Wednesday.

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One piece of good news for Kelly: A Hollywood Reporter / Morning Consult poll published on Tuesday found that nearly half of the 2,201 adults surveyed believed NBC's decision to cancel the "Megyn Kelly Today" was "a lot the hard consequence of consistency. "

But it has become, so what now? The obvious choice: Back to Fox News, where her personality, style and views were once popular on the mainstream news network. But Fox attracted this choice.

On Thursday, Fox co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch made his official record at the annual New York Times DealBook. "I wish I was a great friend of Megyn, I like it very much and we did not want her to leave Fox when she did," he said. Fox, and we will not make any changes there. "

She probably did not help Kelly to leave Fox, having bothered his base by questioning President Donald Trump's attitude towards women, and then accusing Fox honchos of harassing a monument.

"She has only a handful of choices because she burns her bridges to Fox and the related right-wing media and burned her bridges to NBC and all mainstream media," says Feldstein.

He should restore fences with Fox if he wants to return there or to Fox Nation. Margaret Sullivan, a columnist of journals for The Washington Post, told Brian Stelter of CNN "Reliable Resources" that Kelly may need to come back.

"What is her next chapter? I do not think she's done it, but it's hard to see how she refreshes herself at this point," Sullivan said. "He may have to turn back before he can get back into the air with all sense."

"Maybe Fox does not go now because people there felt personally betrayed by her abstention," says Feldstein. It may have been installed for temporary lower key work elsewhere long enough to later embrace Fox, he adds.

Coordinator Megyn Kelly awaits the opening of the primary democratic democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, in January 2016. (Photo: Chris Carlson / AP)

But no other mainstream network or media facility (eg Netflix) will want to take a chance on it if it is tolerated by the kind of observations it took to shoot it from NBC, Thompson says. "None of them will want to send a message that" our standards are lower, "he says.

A trade show can work with Oprah's ambitions, but building an affiliate network is easier than it did, Thompson says: "Many are called Oprah, a few are chosen."

And it would still be seen as a step in its direction – unless it was a spectacularly successful way, let's say, Jerry Springer was successful.

"Something that was designed for her would be what she did to Fox, so maybe she could get what she learned from NBC's experience and try to tailor it and find a" new "show, Megyn Kelly which looks more like Megyn Kelly, Thompson says.

"It could be the next path to the Oprah-dom … But what did you do with NBC, what makes someone think she will not fight again with that?"

Another thought for Kelly's potential employers is that, in addition to Blackface's comments, "Megyn Kelly Today" was not as successful as a morning show, as it was shown in the ratings.

The most successful breakfast hosts are hot and unclear. Kelly is cool and sharp. If he thought he could reconnect, he was wrong – and so was Andrew Lack, the NBC News chairman who hired her. It is a lesson for her and other potential employers.

"You can not get someone from Fox that is appealing and follow it there and leave it to something else that does not fit it," says Muller. "And if he makes an stupid mistake, everyone is wondering what went wrong?"

The reason for the fall of Kelly's ratings was obvious, Thompson says: "This show was sometimes painful to watch," he says. "She wanted to make an Oprah show, and it really did, really bad.

"Like Fox's primetime, if I was an NBC executive, I would put much of it (counting on triggering) on ​​the bad guys and the show is not good."

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