Megyn Kelly’s nightmare week continued on the set of her new show on Thursday, but this time it was her crew who dropped the ball.
The host had just launched into an interview with women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd when one of her cameramen stepped in front of another’s monitor, occupying the screen momentarily.
He quickly realized his mistake but was unable to keep his cool and let out a sharp ‘s**t!’ before vanishing off-screen.
Lloyd acknowledged the faux-pas with the slightest turn of a head but heavy, deflated sighs came from someone else’s mic.
It’s not clear whether they belonged to 47-year-old Kelly who had begun the segment talking into the wrong camera.
The fumbles didn’t stop there.
As Lloyd spoke proudly of her role in the National Women’s Soccer League and its new campaign Pass the Ball, she was keen to acknowledge its TV sponsor, Lifetime.
The camera man stepped in front of his colleague’s camera, blocking guest Carli Lloyd from view
He realized his mistake immediately and moved to the side, yelling ‘s***’ as he did so while Lloyd pretended nothing happened
The audience happily applauded the network, which is a subsidiary of A&E Networks.
But Kelly, who joined NBC (which belongs to Comcast) earlier this year, was less enthusiastic.
‘Huh, shout-out for Lifetime. Right,’ she said without a smile as the studio audience whooped and clapped.
The Pass the Ball campaign seeks to spread awareness of women’s soccer and its stars.
Celebrities including Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Reese Witherspoon, James Corden and David Beckham all appear in its promotional video which Lifetime put together.
Kelly’s interview with Lloyd came on the fourth day of her new venture, Megyn Kelly Today.
Kelly, 47, looked at pains with the faux-pas but soldiered on like a pro
Later in the interview, Lloyd plugged Lifetime, which belongs to A&E networks
Kelly was less enthusiastic about giving A&E the recognition, shrugging as she said: ‘Huh, shout out for Lifetime. Right,’ as the audience clapped
Kelly began the segment staring in to the wrong camera. She turned to the right one without acknowledge the mistake (right) seconds into it
Though in its infancy, the show and its host has already drawn criticism from its celebrity guests.
On Monday, Will & Grace star Debra Messing delivered the first blow when she told an Instagram fan that she regretted participating in an interview with Kelly.
‘Honestly I didn’t know it was MK until that morning. The itinerary just said Today Show appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments,’ Messing told a fan who asked why they’d agreed to take part.
Today show insiders said Messing seemed only too happy to be there when she was in the studio.
Tuesday’s controversy came with legendary actress Jane Fonda.
During a joint interview with Robert Redford, her co-star in the new Netflix romance Our Souls At Night, Fonda chastised Kelly for asking her about what plastic surgery she had endured throughout her decades-long career.
‘We really wanna talk about that now?’ Fonda quipped, staring incredulously at the host.
Kelly relished in the studio audience’s laughter and brushed past the criticism.
‘Well one of the things people think about when they look at you is how amazing you look,’ she pushed on.
In a hurry to move past the topic, Fonda replied: ‘Well, thanks. Good attitude, good posture. Take care of myself.’
Bad move: Megyn Kelly asked Jane Fonda to speak about the plastic surgery she has had over the years on her NBC morning show Wednesday
Not happy: Fonda looked Kelly straight in the eye at that moment and asked: ‘We really want to talk about that right now?’
On Thursday, the 79-year-old made a surprise return to Today where she addressed the issue again.
Opting instead to drop in on host Matt Lauer, she said: ”Given the fact that we don’t have a lot of time and Bob [Redford] is right here, it’s a weird thing to bring up – whether I’ve had plastic surgery or not.
‘Seemed like the wrong time and place to ask that question,’ she said.
Also on Thursday morning, the star ditched a planned interview with Edie Falco at the last minute. The sit-down will now go ahead next week.
Kelly proudly touted the interview during her show on Wednesday.
Request for comment: Debra Messing was asked by an Instagram follower why she and the cast of ‘Will & Grace’ appeared on ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ on Monday (front l to r: Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Debra messing, Eric McCormack and Megyn Kelly back row l to r: David Kohan and Max Mutchnik)
TV’s newest drama: ‘Honestly I didn’t know it was MK until that morning. The itinerary just said Today Show appearance,’ wrote Messing (above)
On Thursday morning however, viewers were treated not to Falco but to a police dog who is trained to sniff out electronics.
The Megyn Kelly Today comes just a few months after the failed launch of the 47-year-old’s prime time show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.
The show ran just eight episodes throughout the summer before ending and failed to dominate ratings. It is scheduled to return in Spring.
Kelly left Fox News for NBC in January after a tumultuous past year which involved run-ins with President Trump.
She said the decision to leave was prompted by the network’s obsession with him, complaining that the news had become ‘all political’ after accepting her $18million-a-year offer from NBC.
Megyn Kelly Today kicked off on Monday after weeks of heavy promotion from its host (above on Thursday morning in the studio)