Melissa Harris Perry tried to tell us that NBC was on some shady stuff when they canceled her show last year. And while there were those who felt she took things too far or was risking her career by speaking out in such a way, recent actions from the network have shown that if anything, she wasn’t lying.
Recently the network told ET that a few more anchors of color are being bumped, this time for the White lady from Fox. Megan Kelly’s new daytime show will replace the “Today” show’s 9 or 10 a.m. hour. And the network is also getting rid of Al Roker and Tamron Hall’s “Today’s Take” which begins at 9 a.m.
If Kelly’s show were to replace the 10 a.m. hour, Tamron and Al would be able to stay. But sources said that if Megyn’s new show will air at 10, they would move Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda up to 9. So, either way Tamron and Al are out.
Despite rumors, the source said Hall “is expected to stay at the network and with the “Today” show family.” The same was said of Roker, who has been with NBC since 1978 and the “Today” show since 1990. The source said that Tamron will fill in on the “Today” show when Savannah Guthrie is off and will continue to host her daily show on MSNBC.
Kelly’s new role at NBC, after 12 years at Fox is multi-layered. Her new show will not be “Today” branded but Kelly-branded. Her multi-year agreement will include Kelly hosting her own daytime news program, anchoring a Sunday evening new show and taking part in special political programming and breaking new coverage.
The move to replace Hall and Roker with Kelly are pretty consistent with MSNBC’s admitted strategy of becoming more conservative.
We’ll see how this all plays out.