'Today' show: Details emerge on what 9 a.m. hour could look like after Megyn Kelly
More changes are coming for the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show that indicate what the slot vacated by Megyn Kelly could look like going forward.
Since the cancellation of "Megyn Kelly Today" in October following Kelly's defense of blackface, NBC's premiere morning show has featured a rotating group of "Today" personalities in a panel-like discussion filmed at Kelly's former Studio 6A in front of a large studio audience.
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Among those featured? Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Sheinelle Jones, Dylan Dreier, Craig Melvin, Jenna Bush Hager, Al Roker and Carson Daly. According to insiders who spoke to Page Six, NBC News is on the verge of making several adjustments in order to save costs and protect the "seamless viewing experience" that its audience loves.
The biggest change? "Today" is abandoning Studio 6A and will film the entirety of its 9 a.m. hour in Studio 1A, where the rest of "Today" is filmed. Because of the change, there will now be a much smaller live studio audience during the time slot.
This also means that all of the current full-time production and editorial staff will remain employed by the network, while its current freelance staff may be losing their jobs in the new year.
Source told Page Six that execs are hoping to also lock down a full-time panel for the hour instead of its current rotating roster of talent, though there's no indication of when that will happen or who the front-runners for the gigs are.
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News that Kelly's former freelance staff could be losing their jobs, though, follows reports that Kelly is likely to receive a $30 million payout from the network -- a completion of the $69 million contract she signed in 2017. Agreeing to the reported payout is an effort by the news network to not get dragged into a legal battle with Kelly, though the two parties are still working out the terms of the deal: Kelly wants to ensure that her non-compete clause doesn't restrict her for too long.
In order words, be ready for Kelly to pop up on another channel sometime next year as networks kick their 2020 election coverage into high gear.