The day before both NBC and Fox confirmed she would not be making a return to the networks, Tamron Hall and Soledad O’Brien couldn’t help but make a jibe at Megyn Kelly.
The TV host was widely blasted after comments this week where she suggested there was nothing wrong with people donning blackface, following it up with an apology that was not enough for corporations to risk hiring her.
At an event to celebrate 30 years of Harlem United – which improves housing, healthcare and well-being in the community – Hall and O’Brien made their point clear during an on-stage chat.
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Tamron Hall and Soledad O’Brien appeared at an event to celebrate 30 years of Harlem United in New York City October 24
The pair joked after Megyn Kelly was fired after she suggested there was nothing wrong with people donning blackface
NBC and Fox confirmed Kelly (pictured) would not be making a return to the networks
‘Tamron, you have a new talk show coming. Congrats for that,’ Page Six reports O’Brien said as she presented the TV host with the Community Champion Award. ‘But didn’t you used to do a show . . . The Today show, right? And how were those ratings?’
Hall was on the show for 10 years and she left her third hour slot with Al Roker as NBC made way for Kelly. But the Wall Street Journal reported this spring that six months into her tenure, Hall’s replacement failed to impress with the ratings.
The number of 9am viewers dropped 18 percent to 2.4 million compared to Hall and Roker’s time.
Additionally, the 25-54 demographic for her Today viewers dropped 28 percent to 742,000 compared to her predecessors.
‘And your feelings on blackface? Yes or no?’ O’Brien added as she spoke at the gathering for the organization that has been going since 1988.
The same day Hall was reunited with her former co-host Roker as he appeared in the Waitress Musical.
O’Brien (center) said as she presented the TV host (left) with the Community Champion Award. Bevy Smith is pictured right
Hall was reunited with her former co-host Roker as he appeared in the Waitress Musical
Kelly’s $23million yearly salary was reportedly more than Roker and Hall’s combined
Kelly’s $23million yearly salary was reportedly more than Roker and Hall’s combined.
She is expected to still be paid her $69million contract unless the network can prove she violated her contract in some way.
It doesn’t look like Hall has any plans to return as she is developing her own daytime show with ABC.
It didn’t stop Melissa Harris-Perry declaring Hall deserved the job when a fan on Twitter suggested she take over Kelly’s show.
Melissa Harris-Perry declared Hall deserved the job when a fan on Twitter suggested she take over Kelly’s show
Megyn Kelly will not be returning to Fox News, where she rose to fame. She’s seen here co-anchoring the cable network’s 2016 RNC coverage
Having fired her agents, Kelly is now taking advice from her husband Doug, seen right after he went to work with her Wednesday for her on air apology, left
Harris-Perry – who parted ways NBC’s sister network MSNBC in 2016 after feeling sidelined on political issues – said ‘Nope’.
‘That hour belongs only to @tamronhall and I’d [sic] never return to a network that pays millions to rapist Lauer and racially insensitive Meg while nearly bankrupting my family for just telling the truth. F —- Andy Lack,’ she said, mentioning the company chairman who was known to be supportive of Kelly despite her lower ratings that put Live with Kelly and Ryan ahead in the ratings by more than double.
During the same hour Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa’s program was getting 747,000 more viewers.
NBC confirmed the slot would be backfilled by other Today talent.
DailyMail.com reported earlier this week that Kelly’s former reps at CAA had been calling networks in hopes of finding a possible home for Kelly.
A few hours after that story was published, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Kelly had fired her agents.
She is now without an agent, and is being advised by her husband Douglas Brunt, her lawyer Bryan Freedman, and publicist Davidson Goldin.
Kelly’s hire of Freedman signaled she could be considering gender bias claims in her demise.
The high-powered litigator made headlines earlier this year when he filed a gender bias claim against Paramount following the termination of executive Amy Powell.