Things are not going well for NBC News host Megyn Kelly, insiders report.
After her Sunday night show unceremoniously cancelled last year, the “Today” show host has been struggling to maintain her morning show’s ratings after she alienated conservative viewers.
But nothing prepared her for the news that she wasn’t going to headline NBC’s Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
According to The New York Post, when Kelly heard that NBC had asked Katie Couric to host, she had a screaming fit meltdown.
When she heard she wasn’t being tapped to host, Kelly threw an “Olympic sized fit” and she “complained to her staff, she complained to her agent, so that [NBC News chairman Andrew Lack] would hear about the fact that she was unhappy, but he didn’t care,” Page Six reported Monday.
“When [Matt Lauer] still ruled 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Kelly had gracefully declined coverage roles for big occasions — citing a clause in her contract that said she could not be forced to do special events such as the Olympics, the Post reported. But once Lauer was gone, the report continues, Kelly assumed she’d be called to bat,” Fox News reported. “She wasn’t.”
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“She thought she had it all played out perfectly, by saying ‘no’ before the Matt Lauer scandal. [NBC was] stupid enough to put in her contract that she could say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ ” an insider told The Post.
Kelly’s behavior since joining NBC News has been described as that of a “diva” and that she hasn’t been invited to the “inner circle” of power players at the network, insiders report.
A spokesman at NBC News, however, denied the claims that Kelly was having a backstage meltdown. The source calling the rumors “laughable” and also denied that Kelly is considered an unlikable diva.
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