Sunday, June 16, 2024

Megyn Kelly, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb Are Trading ‘Mean Girls’-style Jabs on ‘Today’

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*A new report from Page Six notes some of the petty and “toxic” antics that the “Today” stars and staff have seemingly engaged in recent weeks.

The atmosphere is allegedly so bad around Megyn Kelly, that producers of the 7-to-9 a.m. slot, hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, are openly dissing her.

After Kotb officially took over for disgraced host Matt Lauer, following his ouster amid sexual misconduct allegations, Megyn congratulated her “‘Mean Girls’-style,” the New York Post’s gossip column alleges.

On Jan. 2, Kelly said to Kotb, live on air, “We talked recently about how, 10 years ago, your life was very different. You were going through a dark period.”But Kelly didn’t explain that she was referring to when Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery. She merely added, “Do you take a moment on a day like this to stop and think, ‘Holy moly’?”

An NBC News insider told Page Six, “Everybody in the control room gasped when Megyn brought up Hoda’s ‘dark period,’ because many viewers likely won’t know exactly what she was referring to. That comment was awkward, mean-spirited. It really stung.”

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Now, Guthrie and Kotb’s team have fired back by mocking Kelly’s famously awkward interview with Jane Fonda last September. You may recall how Fonda shut down Kelly after being asked about her plastic surgery, later explaining that it was “the wrong time and place to ask that question.”

This past week, the Hollywood legend appeared on Guthrie and Kotb’s show with her “Grace and Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin. Kotb asked how long the two had known each other. “Fifty years — a long time,” Fonda answered, while Tomlin jokingly added, “I think before your first face-lift!” Fonda looked at Tomlin and replied, “Who are you? Megyn Kelly?”

Kotb and Guthrie burst out laughing while “Today” producers tweeted out the clip with the Megyn diss, even before Kelly got on the air.

Kelly has stated that she has no regrets about her comments to Fonda (see clip above). Also this past week, one of her staffers was fired ­after reporting a “toxic and demeaning” work culture.

Meanwhile, there will soon be some physical distance between Kelly, Kotb and Guthrie, as Megyn will remain in New York City to host her third hour of “Today” while Hoda and Savannah will co-anchor “Today” live from Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 12, per wonderwall.com.

 

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