Megyn Kelly’s arrival to NBC is leading to a major shakeup on the network's long-running Today show.
According to multiple reports, the former Fox News host is being considered for a 9 or 10 a.m. time slot for a new show that’s expected to launch in the fall.
The move, an attempt to bolster their morning line-up to be a stronger competitor in television's morning wars, would mean preempting an hour from the popular Today show.
Reports indicate that regardless if Kelly takes over the 9 or 10 a.m. slot, Temple grad Tamron Hall would be out, and could leave NBC next month when her contract is up. Hall is currently in contract negotiations with the network, and the New York Times reports she will continue to host her MSNBC show.
Neither NBC nor Hall immediately responded to a request for comment.
The New York Post, speaking to anonymous staffers, revealed fearful Today employees who have been “left in the dark” about major changes to the show. The move could also mean that Kelly will be groomed to take over the anchor spot on Today, currently held by Savannah Guthrie, who is on maternity leave.
But NBC has denied that, saying earlier this month, “We just signed Savannah to a massive deal that is longer than Megyn’s. A lead anchor role at ‘Today’ isn’t part of the conversation for Megyn.”
There is no news yet on the Sunday night news show that NBC has said they’re planning to have Kelly host.
Kelly was replaced on Fox News by Tucker Carlson, who took over the 9 p.m. slot on Jan. 9. Since then, Carlson has nearly doubled Kelly’s ratings compared to the same time last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. Of course, the past two weeks have been eventful, lead by the inauguration of President Donald Trump and its subsequent protests.