- It has been claimed Kelly had insisted she should not have to cover major events
- She reportedly ‘threw a fit’ when Couric got the job as she wanted it on principle
- NBC chairman Andrew Lack is also said to have called Kelly a ‘diva’ after dispute
- But an insider working at the network said that the report contains ‘zero truth’
Megyn Kelly reportedly ‘threw an Olympic fit’ when she was told Katie Couric had been offered the job of covering next month’s Winter Games opening ceremony for NBC.
It has been claimed Kelly – who joined the network from Fox News last year on a $23 million a year deal – had insisted that she should not be forced to cover special events as well as her usual responsibilities.
But, according to a new report, she was under the impression that the firing of Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct allegations meant she was in line for the big events.
It has been claimed Kelly (pictured) – who joined the network from Fox News last year on a $23 million a year deal – had insisted that she should not be forced to cover special events as well as her usual responsibilities
Kelly ‘thought she had it all played out perfectly, by saying “No” before the Matt Lauer scandal’, according to Page Six.
The report – which a separate insider said contained ‘zero truth’ – continues: ‘[NBC] was stupid enough to put in her contract that she could say “Yes” or “No”.’
It adds that Kelly ‘complained to her staff’ so that the company’s chairman, Andrew Lack, would hear about her being upset – but Lack reportedly ‘didn’t care’.
Page Six’s source – supposedly an insider at NBC – said Lack has now come to think of Kelly as a ‘diva’ who will not become part of the network’s ‘inner circle’.
Pictured: Katie Couric, who was supposedly offered the gig of presenting the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics instead of Megyn Kelly
Another NBC insider, however, said there was ‘zero truth’ to the story, adding: ‘[It’s] laughable since the [Winter Olympics opening ceremony is] the least desirable gig in broadcasting’.
This insider also rejected the notion that Lack, who fired Lauer himself, considers Kelly to be a ‘diva’.
The source concluded that ‘no one at NBC has ever heard him ever use the word “diva” about anyone.’
The Olympic Winter Games – held in Pyeongchang, South Korea – are opened on February 9.