Megyn Kelly has praised former NBC stars Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry for “sounding the alarm” on their disgraced “In the present day” co-star Matt Lauer.
Kelly — sacked by NBC chiefs in 2018 over feedback she made about blackface — beforehand made it clear that she knew all about Lauer’s reprehensible conduct with girls in the office.
After a torrid week at NBC, the place bosses had been hit by claims that Lauer raped Vieira’s former assistant Brooke Nevils, Kelly, who left together with her $69 million contract intact, instructed Web page Six solely: “Let’s not lose sight of the forces for good on this story, like former Lauer co-host Ann Curry, who, regardless of the dangers, sounded the alarm on Lauer in 2012 after a younger lady complained to her, and Meredith Vieira, who, when confronted with Brooke Nevils’ account, instructed her to go report it.”
Kelly, who spoke out about the harassment she endured whereas employed by former Fox boss Roger Ailes, devoted her transient stint on “In the present day” to speaking to survivors of abuse and discussing the #MeToo motion.
Shortly after NBC fired Lauer in November 2018 for “sexual misconduct”, Kelly introduced former “In the present day” manufacturing assistant Addie Zinone on air to speak about her alleged sexual affair with Lauer.
Requested if that irked NBC bigwigs, Kelly instructed Us Weekly at the time: “All I’m going to say is that I really feel very strongly about the #MeToo protection, the significance of doing it with out worry or favor.” When requested to remark about Lauer’s future on TV after his firing, she declined to remark, saying solely: “I do know an excessive amount of that others don’t know.”
Regardless of the furor over Kelly’s acrimonious exit, following her departure, Advert Age reported that from September 2017 by way of August 2018, “Megyn Kelly In the present day” pulled $118 million in advert income, based on Kantar Media. That was a 20 p.c improve from the $99 million the “In the present day” present garnered in the 9 a.m. hour the yr earlier.
Curry, who infamously broke down in tears on the day of her “In the present day” exit in 2012 — which many mentioned was engineered by Lauer — has insisted she instructed NBC chiefs that they had a Lauer downside after an NBC worker complained to her.
Nevertheless, she’s by no means named the execs she spoke to, prompting NBC Information president Noah Oppenheim to hit again on Monday, saying: “By her personal account, Curry relayed no particular criticism, nor did she say Lauer’s ‘downside’ regarded any particular office misconduct.
“NBCU was in a position to communicate with a type of former executives throughout the 2018 evaluation and she denied having been instructed even this. At the time of the worker’s exit, three years later, she nonetheless had made no criticism about Lauer, was paid 22 weeks of severance primarily based on her years of service and was requested to signal a separation settlement that was commonplace for departing workers at the time. The usual separation settlement included a routine confidentiality clause that was designed to guard proprietary firm data. It was not drafted to forestall an worker from reporting misconduct, and it has by no means been used that approach. (This worker made a criticism to administration about Lauer, for the first time, after his 2017 firing.)”
As for Kelly, we’re instructed that she is in talks with media retailers a few return to TV forward of the election.