The Today Show Officially Replaces Megyn Kelly With…
Megyn Kelly is out.
And her replacements are officially in.
On Monday morning, about three months after Megyn Kelly was fired for being naive, insensitive and also pretty darn racist, NBC went ahead and seemingly named her replacement.
Indeed, Megyn Kelly Today is no more.
Viewers should now prepare themselves for … Dylan Dreyer, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones And Craig Melvin Today?
Okay, the name may be a work in progress.
But Dreyer wrote the following to her Twitter followers a few hours ago:
Hope you don’t mind these faces! You’ll be seeing a lot of them at 9am.
Please join us! #3rdhourtoday #youvegotafriendinus #letthegoodtimesroll @TODAYshow @SheinelleJones @craigmelvin @alroker.
Aside from tagging her colleagues, Dreyer shared this photo of them along with her message:
Roker, meanwhile, posted the same snapshot and simply wrote:
“I love these guys.”
It is worth noting, however, that NBC is yet to officially announce anything.
In fact, Jenna Bush Hager served as a co-host on the day Dreyer sent this message; and she has been a rumored replacement herself for Kelly.
Kelly, for her part, never found footing – or an audience – on NBC.
The network tried to act as if she was never a polarizing political pundit at Fox News prior to her hiring, shaving off all rough edges and re-introducing her as their own kind of harmless and fun Kelly Ripa.
The makeover never worked.
It actually failed miserably.
But Kelly wasn’t shown the door until she ignited a controversy during a Halloween costume discussion in which she wondered why blackface was considered taboo.
“You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween,” Kelly said during a panel discussion that got way, awy away from her, adding erroneously:
“Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressed up as like a character.”
She later wondered what makes something racist.
Once she learned the history of how demeaning and flat-out racist the concept of blackface actually is (something she, a seasoned journalist, didn’t know beforehand?!?), Kelly issued an apology.
“I was wrong and I am sorry,” she told viewers, continuing as follows:
“Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen and yesterday, I learned.
“I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”
But it was too little and too late.
And she had already been too unpopular at NBC for executives to fight for her job.
Kelly, of course, walked away with millions and millions (and millions!) of dollars, so no one is feeling to badly for her at the moment.
Elsewhere, NBC is yet to announce a replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford, who will be leaving her seat alongside Hoda Kotb in April.
“I have my idea of who might be absolutely wonderful, but there’s a great pool of talent and beauty and heart around here, right within our own family,” Kathie Lee said when confirming her departure.
“And if they come from outside the family they will soon become family because you all treat everybody that way…”
Gifford is exiting the program in a graceful manner.
The same cannot be said for Kelly.
Will you give the 9 a.m. hour of Today a shot again if the quartet listed above really are the ones to step into Megyn’s shoes?
(As documented below, those shoes have so often been anti-African American.)