Megyn Kelly’s move from Fox News to NBC rocked the media world.
Many questioned how NBC would use Kelly.
Kelly appears ready to provide an answer, and it may be her most controversial move yet.
Part of Kelly’s contract with NBC calls for a role with the network’s news division.
NBC News President Andy Lack is trying to arrange a splashy debut for his new acquisition.
And Kelly’s first interview could be with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This is not without controversy.
The Today Show host Matt Lauer or Nightly News anchor Lester Holt usually handle the networks biggest interviews, and now there are questions as to whether Kelly is stepping on their turf.
The New York Post’s, Page Six reports:
“NBC News chairman Andy Lack has been in Russia this week, trying to land an interview with the Russian president for the network.
The big question is, if Lack succeeds, will the “biggest get on the planet” go to Kelly to debut her Sunday night news magazine show? Or would “Today’s” Matt Lauer or “Nightly News’ ” Lester Holt pull rank and steal the scoop?
NBC insiders say it is not yet clear.
One told Page Six, “Andy Lack has been in Russia having meetings to land an interview with Putin,” adding that Lack was hoping to meet with the Russian strongman’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.”
Normally an interview with a major foreign head of state would air on one of NBC’s flagship programs.
But NBC is looking to provide a high profile debut for Kelly’s Sunday night news magazine show.
And there would be no bigger act than an interview with the man whom the U.S. government accused of meddling in the 2016 election.
Page Six also reports:
“Given the FBI investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, plus the crisis in Syria, a hard-hitting news interview with Putin could run across all NBC and Euronews platforms, exposing Kelly to an international audience.
The source added, “It is not clear who would do the Putin interview. News chiefs decide based on who would be best for the job. This isn’t Megyn’s interview — yet.”
Kelly was finally released from her Fox News contract last week, and she is expected to launch her daytime NBC show — at either 9 or 10 a.m. — in the fall. But her Sunday night show is likely to start as soon as this summer, and is already staffing up. An NBC News rep declined to comment.”
Kelly left Fox under a cloud of controversy.
Many viewers soured on her after she asked personal attack questions to Donald Trump during the first Republican Presidential primary debate.
Trump escalated the feud by refusing to appear at the next Fox debate, just days before the Iowa caucus, because Kelly was moderating.
The crisis’ surrounding Kelly has not diminished since she joined NBC.
The network canceled the popular Today Talk to make room for her show, causing resentment from their hosts.
And now her debut could come at the expense of NBC’s two most prominent interviewers.