Within a month, Ms. Kelly's mid-level Sunday magazine show debuted. And soon Ms. Kelly became the scourge of the parents of Sandy Hook's shootings when she interviewed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and published a photograph of the two together laughing.
NBC quietly announced earlier this year that their Sunday show would return. "Periodic."
The morning show, which began in September 2017, would be the source of more headaches. "Megyn Kelly Today" has left the competition "Live with Kelly and Ryan" far behind.
Ms. Kelly's show even attracted a smaller audience than the more favorable hour of "Today," which preceded their arrival. The previous version, a brilliant, low-key affair hosted by Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, was not dependent on the magnetism of a star.
In an effort to convey a sunny personality, Ms. Kelly danced awkwardly on a "Today" show-colleague, Hoda Kotb, for a pit bull song. The clip at that moment has been widely used in social media (not in a good way).
In October 2017, after Harvey Weinstein's stories of sexual harassment were broken, Ms. Kelly's show became the site of discussions about sexual misconduct in the workplace. The host also did not shy away from aggressively reporting on sexual harassment stories that influenced NBC News. Their thorough investigation by Matt Lauer, which the network overthrew on charges of sexual misconduct last November, triggered Feathers on the network.
In early 2018, there were signs that Ms. Kelly and NBC were not on the same page. The network did not mandate her as part of the team to cover the coverage of the February Olympic Games, saying she did not want to disrupt her momentum.
After a longer period of pedestrian ratings, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Lack had a discussion earlier this month – long before the "blackface" statements – about the possible resolution of their part of the "Today" show by the end of the year, after two people who are informed about the conversation. And Ms. Kelly has been openly telling her friends about her dissatisfaction with top executives at NBC News in recent weeks.