Megyn Kelly’s Sunday night newsmagazine on NBC was originally billed as a weekly program but has been demoted to a program that will air “periodically,” according to a press release sent Tuesday by the network.
“Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” had an eight-episode run in the summer of 2017 to kick off Kelly’s tour at the Peacock Network before her 9 a.m. ET daily show premiered in the fall. “Sunday Night” struggled to gain an audience, averaging 3.7 million total viewers during its initial eight-week run. The show typically lost to 7 p.m. broadcast competition such as “60 Minutes” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
The newsmagazine was also beset by bad publicity, including harsh criticism of Kelly’s interview with alt-right provocateur Alex Jones. The ratings-challenged Sunday show was always scheduled to take a break for NBC’s coverage of “Sunday Night Football” and the Winter Olympics but was expected to return.
Kelly has been involved in a series of high-profile gaffes since joining NBC, including clashing with Jane Fonda, not being chosen to represent NBC at the Olympics, rumors of a toxic culture at her show and reportedly irking executives by attempting to book former “E! News” host Catt Sadler after Sadler walked away from her gig on NBC’s sister station because of gender wage gap issues. In addition, former head writer Kevin Bleyer was fired after sending an email to the show’s staff alleging a chaotic and abusive workplace.
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