NBC announced that it is bringing back former employee Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony for next month's Winter Olympics, according to Fox News. The media has called this a surprise move following the network's announcement that Megyn Kelly wouldn't travel to South Korea to cover the games.
Couric will allegedly work alongside Mike Trico, the man replacing Bob Costas as the prime-time host of the games. She has hosted three previous openings in Costas, her most recent dating back to 2004.
Megyn Kelly apparently will not be going with fellow NBC stars to travel to South Korea for the Olympics, according to Fox News. This has caused many to wonder exactly how NBC News' highest paid star is doing at her new company.
Fox reports that the Olympics is a command performance for any high-profile star or executive at the network, which has paid nearly $1 billion to broadcast the 2018 games. So far, it is unclear whether the decision to keep Kelly at home is a result of the company, or if it was requested by Kelly herself.
NBC, says Fox, usually sends its best news stars to the games. Both the "Today" show and "Nightly News" will broadcast the games live, focusing their news programs almost entirely on covering the games. NBC executives also travel to the games.
According to Fox, Kelly makes about $23 million a year while at NBC, but despite being a top star on the network, she will not be attending her fellow stars to South Korea. Instead, her hour of "Today" will broadcast Olympics coverage from its usual studio in New York.
One NBC insider reportedly claimed that this is "embarrassing for Megyn." The insider added that "anybody who's anybody at NBC goes to the Olympics."
The Epoch Times reports that instead of the typical three weeks of on-the-spot coverage that NBC usually supplies during the Olympics, it will only be covered for two weeks. The coverage apparently begins on Monday, February 12. This is day four of the games.
The show will go on air at 7 am, followed by Kelly's hour, then an hour co-hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager.
“Kelly, who likes to interject herself into every story might have been a bad fit at the Olympic games. The story is supposed to be about the athletes and not about the Anchors, it would have been a bad fit for Kelly and it appears that NBC saw that,” wrote Scott Jones, a blogger at FTV Live.
The 2018 Winter Olympics begin on February 8th and the opening ceremonies will take place on February 9. The closing ceremony will then take place on February 25.
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