As her first week on air came to a close, Megyn Kelly addressed the media’s poor reception of her new NBC morning talk show.
At the end of Friday’s Megyn Kelly TODAY, the former Fox News host used her sign off as an opportunity to thank the audience for tuning in and to take a shot at the media, too.
“I just want to take a moment to thank all of you so much for watching this week. It’s been very exciting. It has been educational. I’ve just been so delighted that the media response, which has really — no,” she said, shaking her head before continuing, “but the viewer response has been awesome, and I am so grateful to have all of you giving us a chance.”
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Her remarks came at the close of a trying week that had been plagued by bad reviews and several mishaps: from a cameraman accidentally cursing on air to uncomfortable celebrity interviews and comments.
Kelly was criticized for asking a Will & Grace superfan if the show had played a part in him becoming gay, a joke that was later denounced by star Debra Messing, who said she regretted appearing on the show. Kelly also drew fire after she tried to ask Jane Fonda about the 79-year-old star’s history with plastic surgery.
However, Kelly still has some support from those in the media. On Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live, both host Andy Cohen and Today‘s Savannah Guthrie defended Kelly’s first week performance, noting that they both have asked the plastic surgery question before.
Megyn Kelly TODAY airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.