Who will replace Megyn Kelly on 'Today'? 'The Voice' coach reportedly being considered by NBC

With Megyn Kelly reportedly out at NBC, speculation is swirling around who could potentially replace her in the 9 a.m. time-slot of the "Today" show.

The network famously replaced Tamron Hall and Al Roker's well-rated hour of "Today" to make way for Megyn Kelly and "Megyn Kelly Today" last year, which resulted in Hall's divisive exit from NBC altogether. Now that "Megyn Kelly Today" is reportedly coming to an end less than two seasons into its run, sources say that NBC is already thinking about a popular replacement: Kelly Clarkson.

The singer, who is currently in her first season as a coach on NBC's "The Voice," is already venturing into daytime television with a talk show of her own, "The Kelly Clarkson Show," which Variety reported back in September was picked up by the NBC Owned Television Station Group. The move will give the show a presence in nearly 30% of US households when it premieres in the fall of 2019.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Kelly Clarkson attends Taste for a Cure at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Kelly Clarkson attends UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Hosts 23rd Annual 'Taste for a Cure' Event Honoring President of Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 23: Kelly Clarkson attends NBC's 'The Voice' Season 14 taping on April 23, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images for NBC)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Playoffs' Episode 1414B -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 651 -- Pictured: Singer Kelly Clarkson during an interview on February 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Kelly Clarkson visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on February 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NBC)
THE VOICE -- 'Knockout Rounds' -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Kelly Clarkson arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Brandon Blackstock (L) and recording artist Kelly Clarkson attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Kelly Clarkson attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in association with V Magazine on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images )
THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' -- Pictured: Kelly Clarkson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Singer Kelly Clarkson attends the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Vocalist Kelly Clarkson attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 10: Kelly Clarkson attends the KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at TD Garden on December 10, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Singer Kelly Clarkson arrives at the Billboard Women In Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Amid reports of Kelly's imminent exit from NBC, sources told Radar Online on Thursday that NBC network execs "think it might be perfect time to give [Kelly's] 'Today' time slot to Kelly, who has a huge fan base and is extremely well-liked and relatable."

Not only is Clarkson already "a huge part of the NBC family," unlike Kelly who came from Fox News, but she is also reportedly "willing to take on any job thrown her way."

Decision-makers at NBC also like the fact that Clarkson is anything but controversial.

"Kelly is the most non-biased person on the planet, and does not have an ounce of racism in her," another source told Radar.

Though nothing is confirmed in terms of a replacement for Megyn Kelly -- and likely wouldn't be until 2019 -- Clarkson would be a natural choice. Plus, Tamron Hall is already getting her own talk show at competitor network ABC.

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Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric last year that at the time, she didn't have much ambition. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was 15.

Source: The Washington Post

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Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.

Source: Elle Magazine

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Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel & Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.

Source: Fox News

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Kelly entered the media sphere in 2003, when she started working as a general assignment reporter for an ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. She covered multiple stories of national interest, including the 2004 presidential race.

Source: The Washington Post and Fox News

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Kelly joined Fox News one year later, in 2004. Former CNN President Jonathan Klein told The New York Times in 2015 that he regretted not hiring Kelly when she was starting out because she was "the one talent you'd want to have from somewhere else."

Source: The New York Times

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Kelly quickly established herself as a leading voice in political journalism while at Fox. She provided wall-to-wall coverage of critical events like the 2013 government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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She also gained recognition for her take-no-prisoners approach to interviewing politicians and high-level officials from both sides of the aisle.

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In one attention-grabbing interview, she asked Republican strategist Karl Rove an awkward question when during the 2012 election, when he was forecasting the numbers Republican candidate Mitt Romney needed to win the election: "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?"

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Her tenure at the network was not without controversy, though. Kelly attracted sharp criticism in 2013 following a segment during which she told the "kids watching at home" that "Santa just is white" and that "Jesus was a white man, too."

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Kelly was roundly criticized for the segment's historical inaccuracy — Santa Claus can be traced back to a real-life monk named St. Nicholas who was from Turkey — and for its racial undertones.

Source: The History Channel

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The segment was lampooned by late-night political satire shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

"Who are you actually talking to?" Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked after playing Kelly's segment, during which she addressed "all you kids watching at home."

"Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o'clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn't white?" Stewart asked, drawing cheers from the audience. 

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Critics have also accused Kelly, who came out as an Independent in 2015, of adopting a double standard in her reporting.

Source: Business Insider, Variety

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Megyn Kelly, host of America Live on set at Fox News studios in New York. Fox News Channel celebrated its 15th anniversary on the air on October 7th.

Things took a turn during a Republican primary debate in 2015 when Kelly became part of the news cycle itself. After she questioned then-Republican candidate Donald Trump about his behavior towards women, Trump implied Kelly had been vindictive and said she had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her...wherever."

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The remark, which many perceived as sexist, drew immediate and sustained criticism from observers, while Kelly garnered support from both sides of the political spectrum.

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It wasn't all rosy for the Fox News anchor, though. Kelly told late night host Jimmy Fallon a few months later that she could "no longer go on Twitter" because of the harassment she experienced from Trump and his fans.

Source: The Tonight Show

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The incident, and Kelly's pushback against it, made her something of a cultural icon during the election. She was even a featured guest during the 2016 "Women In The World" summit hosted by Katie Couric.

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"It is bizarre, it's surreal," Kelly said of her experience with Trump and covering the campaign. She added that she didn't enjoy seeing her own name in the headlines and that she looked forward to moving on from it.

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Kelly again came under the spotlight later that year, when she defended former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who had accused Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct.

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While other network powerhouses like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly leaped to Ailes' defense, Kelly backed Carlson and even encouraged another female Fox News anchor to speak out about the alleged harassment she'd faced from Ailes.

Source: New York Magazine

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Kelly later wrote about her own experience with Ailes. At one point, he was "trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips," she wrote in her book, "Settle For More."

Source: The Daily Beast

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After Carlson made her allegations against Ailes public, the network approached Kelly several times to defend the CEO, she wrote, but "there was no way I was going to lie to protect him."

Source: "Settle For More" via The Daily Beast

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Throughout the next few months, the network saw a string of high-profile departures that began with Ailes stepping down, host Greta van Susteren leaving to take a job at MSNBC, and finally, Kelly announcing her own departure to NBC.

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Her new, multi-year contract with the network gives Kelly several prominent roles, The New York Times reported earlier this year: she will host a daytime news and talk show, a Sunday night news program, and she will take point on covering prominent breaking stories and political events for the network.

Source: The New York Times

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Kelly had already stepped into her new position prior to debuting her daytime talk show on Monday. Earlier this year, she interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in a segment that earned mixed reviews. Many critics felt she didn't press Putin hard enough on his record on human rights and Russia's election interference.

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She also interviewed Alex Jones, an alt-right icon, strong supporter of Donald Trump, and the founder of far-right website InfoWars.

Source: NBC News

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On Monday, she told her new studio audience that she was "kind of done with politics."

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However, Kelly wore a shirt that had a "pussy bow," a feature that gained traction after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, during which Trump demeaned women and said he could "grab 'em by the p---y," leaked last year. So whether she really plans to stay away from the political fray remains to be seen.

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