By Josh Duboff. Photos: Getty Images.
Megyn Kelly recently made the shift—in a transition you may have heard a thing or two about—from Fox News to NBC. In addition to leading a daytime show for the network in the fall, Kelly is going to be hosting a Sunday-night magazine program, expected to premiere this June. It's not only a major change for Kelly in network, but promises to be one in the style and tenor of the classic Sunday-night newsmagazine format, as well.
There were reports weeks ago that NBC News chairman Andy Lack was visiting Russia to try and secure an interview for Kelly, for her premiere, with Russian president Vladimir Putin. It was not clear at the time whether or not Lack was specifically attempting to arrange a sit-down for Kelly, or a different anchor at NBC, but the prospect of a Putin-Kelly tête-à-tête seemed almost overwhelmingly buzzy to contemplate.
But while we don’t know yet how Lack’s Putin mission played out, Kelly appears to have booked . . . a very different sort of interview for the show’s launch. TMZ is reporting that she is going to kick off her show with a sit-down with the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Kelly was photographed on set on Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Thursday, where she reportedly filmed an interview with Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, and Kris Jenner. (Rob Kardashian, who has an on-and-off relationship with both the show and his family, and Caitlyn Jenner, who is currently persona non grata with the Kardashians, were not in attendance.) TMZ says their sources believe the Kardashians will be featured on the premiere episode for Kelly’s show; it’s unclear if Kelly will cameo on Keeping Up. (When Oprah Winfrey interviewed the Kardashians, she appeared on the family’s reality show, as well.)
The Kardashians are in the midst of a somewhat uncertain period, as Kendall lays low following blowback from her controversial Pepsi commercial, and the family continues to spar with Caitlyn. (Though, in the scheme of Kardashian-related scandals, this is nothing they haven’t bounced back from with ease before.) A spot on a program like Kelly’s, with its “hard news” trappings, is the sort of serious and legitimizing maneuver that they crave. For Kelly, whose arrival at the network will be highly scrutinized, it’s a somewhat more surprising choice—though perhaps wise in the sense that it signals an emphasis on human-interest and celebrity stories, in the vein of an Oprah or Barbara Walters.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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