Megyn Kelly shows a softer side on 'Megyn Kelly Today' debut

Posted September 26, 2017

In the first of many references to her memoir, Settle for More, Kelly explained that "more" now means "more time with my family, more joy in my life" and promised that her audience would "know who I am by the songs that I sing".

"You know why ... you all see it".

The new talk show replaced "TODAY'S Take" - with Al Roker and Tamron Hall - in the "TODAY" 9 a.m. hour on September 25 after the host left her Fox News series "The Kelly File", which she led for 13 years.

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During a segment with the cast of Will & Grace - including Debra Messing, Will McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally - Kelly invited a superfan of the groundbreaking comedy named Russel Turner to meet his television idols.

The former Fox News primetime host and political maven kicked off "Megyn Kelly Today" with a monologue that quickly showed she's pivoting away.

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She talked vaguely about her incredible journey from one network (which she assiduously avoided naming) to NBC and how the spirit of her father, who died when she was a teenager, was somehow involved in this miraculous intervention of contracts. There was lots of talk about what "Megyn Kelly Today" will be, mostly by way of what it won't be. That show, which has brought in mediocre ratings, had a limited eight-episode run but is slated to return in the spring. She then turned to her career as a lawyer, as a TV anchor ("which was good, until it wasn't"). A middle segment featured the "Today" regulars welcoming Kelly to 30 Rockefeller Center, a predawn festivity of studied smarm, with the added delight of seeing Kathie Lee Gifford sit in her makeup chair and play nice-nice with Kelly the way an old house cat would welcome a naive and extra-squeaky mouse to the kitchen.

A pre-taped segment with a Chicago nun working to improve her neighborhood. Hallelujah and God bless - the hour was finally over.

While Kelly comes from a hard news background from her time at Fox News, the tone of her new show, at least early on, feels similar to the light, upbeat vibe of the hour she replaced with elements of "Ellen" and "Live with Kelly and Ryan" thrown in.

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Megyn Kelly is over politics.