2018-01-30 17:37:08 UTC
Megyn Kelly threw an Olympic fit when NBC offered the job of anchoring next
months Winter Olympics opening ceremony to Katie Couric, sources exclusively
told Page Six.
Television insiders say that Kelly insisted, when signing her
$23 million-a-year contract with NBC last spring, that she could not be
forced to do special events such as the winter games in Pyeongchang, South
Korea, which start airing on the Peacock Network on Feb. 9.
But once Today vet Matt Lauer who usually helmed special coverage, including
the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade was ousted in November over sexual
misconduct allegations, Kelly assumed she was next in line for the plum
She thought she had it all played out perfectly, by saying no before the Matt
Lauer scandal. [The network was] stupid enough to put in her contract that she
could say yes or no.
But were told that after execs instead gave the gig to Couric who co-hosted
the Today show with Lauer from 1997 to 2006, at which point she left the
network Kelly wanted to have it on principle. [Kelly] 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 didnt care.
The source added that Lack who originally signed Kelly to the network amid
much fanfare in January 2017, starting with Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly in
June has finally realized she is a diva and that shes not going to be part
of the NBC News . . . inner circle.
But an NBC News insider told us that theres zero truth to this, adding that
its laughable since [the opening ceremony is] the least desirable gig in
broadcasting, given the inevitable brutal reviews. The insider also disputed
that Lack the man who personally fired Lauer thinks that Kelly is a diva,
insisting that no one at NBC has ever heard him ever use the word diva about
anyone. NBC News and reps for Kelly declined to comment.