Megyn Kelly, Highest Paid Host of NBC’s ‘Today,’ Won’t Travel to Winter Olympics
Megyn Kelly will not travel to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics in February, instead hosting coverage of the international event on her show from New York City.
Kelly, formerly a host at Fox News, is now NBC News’ highest paid “Today” host after the firing of Matt Lauer, raking in about $23 million a year.
Fox News confirmed that Kelly will host her usual 9 a.m. slot from the Big Apple during the Olympics.
She will cover the Olympics from the studio, reported Ad Week.
Instead of the typical three weeks of on-the-spot coverage NBC typically supplies during Olympics, it will only cover two weeks, reported the outlet.
That coverage begins on Monday, Feb. 12—day four of the games.
The show will go on air at 7 a.m. ET, followed by Kelly’s hour, then an hour co-hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager.
An NBC News source told Fox News that the fact that Kelly isn’t going in person to the Olympics raises some questions, especially considering how much she’s being paid.
“This is incredibly embarrassing for Megyn,” said one NBC News insider. “Anybody who’s anybody at NBC goes to the Olympics.”
A columnist for The Hill media told the broadcaster that “It is odd that NBC News would leave its highest-paid host at home.”
Scott Jones, a blogger at FTV Live, claimed that many at the network are happy Kelly is staying home. “I’m so happy they are not sending here (sic), it will be better for everyone,” he quoted an NBC staffer as saying.
“Kelly, who likes to interject herself into every story might have been a bad fit at the Olympic games. The story is supposed to be about the athletes and not about the Anchors, it would have been a bad fit for Kelly and it appears that NBC saw that,” Jones wrote.
The move comes about two months after a source told Radar Online that Kelly would actually be heading the Olympics coverage.
The blog claimed recently that now NBC is considering moving Kelly to the fourth hour, or 10 a.m. EST, and firing Gifford, in an effort to improve Kelly’s ratings.