Ever since Megyn Kelly jumped ship from Fox News to NBC, the world has been wondering when the anchor will make her network television debut. Rumors have ranged from Kelly taking a spot on the Today show to being granted an all new program of her own. Now, reports have surfaced at NBC that audiences can expect to see Kelly make her first on-air appearance in May, and there are some details regarding where she'll show up later on.
Unfortunately, while we can now expect to see Megyn Kelly showing up on NBC as early as May, no word was given to Page Six regarding exactly what show she'll be a part of. I think we can expect something along the lines of "news show" and "morning," though, as opposed to her popping up on The Blindspot or Powerless. Hopefully that info will get revealed soon, but it sounds like we won't have to wait very long after that initial arrival to get a lot more of Kelly.
It's also being reported that Megyn Kelly's own news program will officially launch in June. The new project will air Sunday evenings on NBC, and will also feature NBC Nightly News anchor Kate Snow in some capacity. Kelly is also expected to be launching a weekday program, but that series will not be airing until the fall at some point, and it is expected to air in a morning slot either before or during the Today show.
As for the first broadcast of Megyn Kelly's new show, it's been rumored that she might be interviewing Russian leader Vladimir Putin as her first interview. NBC News chairman Andy Lack has been pushing for an interview with Putin, with many thinking the goal is to boost Kelly's audience for her debut, although it's also been speculated Matt Lauer or Lester Holt may get the opportunity. An interview with Putin would be a great way to publicize Kelly's already high-profile switch from Fox News to NBC, and could potentially draw in a large audience. NBC has given no indication one way or another regarding Putin being lined up for a Kelly interview.
Megyn Kelly's morning show has earned conflicting reports regarding how well things are coming along. One source claims that Kelly has not locked down whether or not the show will be a talk show or a news program, and that there is currently no one on staff. Another source for NBC says that the show is nearly at full staff, and they just haven't announced anyone yet. It's hard to say how credible either source is, but either way, there are 5 months to go for everyone to get things together, so neither scenario is a huge problem.
The good news is that we'll only have to wait a bit longer until Megyn Kelly is back on television and reporting the news. Whatever program Kelly appears on in May, I'm sure it will be well publicized by NBC soon, so keep an eye on their ads for a specific date. Also be sure to keep an eye on our midseason premiere guide and summer premiere schedule, as shows are premiering left and right.