NBC Scales Back Megyn Kelly's Prime-Time Show

NBC Scales Back Megyn Kelly's Prime-Time Show

Megyn Kelly Today isn't the only Kelly-hosted show that's running into turbulence at NBC. The network is reportedly trying to figure out how to deal with Kelly's prime-time interview show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, too. The show had an abbreviated season last year after debuting to low ratings and stirring controversy with a cozy interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Now, NBC is saying that the new season of the show will air only "periodically" through the summer.

Via Page Six.

TV insiders have long been convinced Megyn Kelly’s Sunday prime-time NBC News show was being quietly shelved. And Tuesday’s announcement that “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” will air “periodically” this spring and summer “dependent on Kelly’s schedule with her weekday-morning program, ‘Megyn Kelly Today,’ ” seems to confirm their suspicions.

One news vet said, “If they don’t know her weekday-morning schedule, maybe ‘TV Guide’ can help. Pretty sure she has a live program Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST.”

The source said that the statement has the benefit of giving the network a way to scale back the poorly received show without the awkwardness of canceling it.

Last summer, the news magazine was slated for a 10-week run on Sundays, but went off the air after just eight episodes following a sharp drop in ratings. The show — Kelly’s first work for NBC after she signed a balleyhooed $20 million annual deal — proved to be a tumultuous start.

Kelly caused a major controversy by interviewing — and posing for pally selfies with — Sandy Hook massacre denier Alex Jones, who runs Infowars, a YouTube channel and conspiracy-theory website.

Sources have been telling Page Six since January that the Peacock Network appeared to be wavering on what to do with the nighttime show.

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