Megyn Kelly, the unlikely new star of NBC, makes her morning show debut on Monday with Megyn Kelly Today, a daytime program being launched as part of the Today franchise. It’s a surprising new gamble for the former Fox News personality, whose profile has skyrocketed in the past few years as she’s sparred with Donald Trump and insisted on the whiteness of Santa Claus on the conservative network.
The New York Times has a new profile on Kelly, examining her vision for a morning show and the shaky prospects for success. Here’s what to expect from the show.
Lots of celebrity guests. And other kinds of guests, too.
Kelly envisions the show appealing to Middle American audiences, and as is typical of the morning show format, there will be lots of celebrity guests to hold viewers’ attention. And not just young celebs; next week’s program will include appearances by stars like Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jane Fonda. There will also be segments about “regular people,” according to the Times piece.
Presumably these interviews will not be quite as tense as Kelly’s back-and-forth with, say, Newt Gingrich.
It won’t be too Trump-heavy.
Kelly was one of Trump’s recurring antagonists during the 2016 campaign season. She directly asked Trump about his history of misogynistic comments while moderating a 2015 debate; Trump was enraged, and infamously claimed there was “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” The Trump-Kelly feud lingered as a bizarre sideplot during an already ugly election. In early 2016, Trump refused to participate in a debate moderated by Kelly. The pair later met face-to-face at Trump Tower.
Kelly, it seems, is putting all that behind her. “It was such a year of nonsense, and in some ways even a year of torment,” she tells USA Today. As for the show: “We’ll definitely be talking about major developments out of Washington, but it’s not going to be the Trump channel. I just don’t think that’s what people are looking for.” The goal is to remain topical without obsessing over the dizzying political news cycle—a tough balance to strike.
It won’t be too political, either
According to the Times profile, Kelly does “not plan to talk all that much about politics.” In fact, she seems a bit eager to focus on lighter…