Even though they’ve fumigated the halls of Studio 1B to rid the place of predatory anchors, all is not happy in the land of Today. While several of the anchors and reporters for the NBC morning show are packing up their luggage to head to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, Megyn Kelly is staying behind to make sure Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell don’t try to sneak over and throw toilet paper into the trees in the front yard while everyone is away. And Megyn is apparently peeved that NBC execs hired a Ghost of Morning Shows Past to do the duty…duh duh duh enter Katie Couric!
Page Six says Megyn worked it into her $ 23 million A YEAR contract that she couldn’t be forced to do cutesy shit like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Olympics. Once Matt Lauer was given the heave-ho,” Megyn apparently thought she would be the natural successor to his roles, per a source:
“She thought she had it all played out perfectly, by saying ‘no’ before the Matt Lauer scandal. [The network was] stupid enough to put in her contract that she could say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ ”
Rather than bemoan the lost opportunity of hearing Megyn “enlighten” foreign countries that Santa is white, NBC went to the Today Hall of Fame, and pulled Katie down from a shelf to give her the job. Now Megyn is apparently doing an about-face and wants the job on principle since she is the one who actually works for the network. She complained to her staff and her agent, to hopefully make NBC Chairman Andy Lack realize she was pissed. NBC denies Megyn is mad.
I think NBC News should take it all the way. Everything is getting revived these days, so why not news anchors (sit down, Matt. I didn’t mean you.). They should bring Deborah Norville back to do an Easter special, Meredith Vieira back to host Fourth of July fireworks, and Ann Curry can take the Kentucky Derby and sling back mint juleps in order to tell us how she really feels about getting canned.