NBC's plans for Megyn Kelly are starting to coalesce.
The network intends to launch a new daytime show featuring Kelly, the former Fox News primetime anchor who rose to fame by using her experience as an attorney to grill her guests, by fall, according to a person familiar with the matter. Kelly is expected to join NBC News formally in May, this person said. She left Fox News Channel after wrapping a January 6 broadcast of her program there,"The Kelly File."
NBC News declined to make executives available for comment. A spokeswoman for Kelly declined to comment.
NBC has yet to decide upon a timeslot for the program, this person said, but is focusing most intently on either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. That means NBC is willing to pre-empt an hour it currently devotes to its long-running morning franchise, "Today," to make room for Kelly's show.
If her program ran at 10 a.m. this person said, the occupants of that time slot, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, would move to 9 a.m., along with their production staff. If the show runs at 9 a.m., production staff assigned to that hour would continue to work on it, this person said.
The hosts of the current 9 a.m. hour of "Today," Al Roker and Tamron Hall, would presumably continue with other duties they have with NBC News. Roker has been an integral part of "Today" for years, while Hall anchors a show on MSNBC and appears frequently in other parts of "Today."