Hoda Kotb is reportedly not Megyn Kelly’s biggest fan. The two hosts are among the biggest names on NBC, with Kelly in particular getting a lot of attention for her work life, including The Megyn Kelly Show. That comes after her other solo outing, Megyn Kelly Today, was canceled back in 2018 after Kelly was accused of seemingly downplaying the seriousness of blackface. The controversial moment went viral on social media, sparking quite a media firestorm, with an upload of the clip shared to Twitter garnering more than 3.3 million views.
“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning. Next week the 9 o’clock hour will be hosted by other ‘Today’ co-hosts,” NBC News said in a statement (via The Guardian). Kelly’s attorney also issued a statement about her future with the network, saying at the time, “Megyn remains an associate of NBC News and discussions continue about next steps.” After that, and after The Megyn Kelly Show ended, Kelly brought her journalism skills into the podcast world and hosted a new version of The Megyn Kelly Show.
But what actually went on between her and Kotb (who unfollowed each other on Instagram in June 2022) and how do they really feel about each other?
Rumors have swirled about the feud between Hoda Kotb and Megyn Kelly
There have long been rumors that Hoda Kotb and Megyn Kelly don’t quite see eye to eye. Life & Style claimed in February 2018 that the two reportedly weren’t exactly friends despite working so closely together, noting, “Hoda’s star has risen while Megyn’s has fallen. She’s ready to exercise her newfound power by telling it [Megyn] to get with the program. The feud has turned nasty.” Why wasn’t there a public mud fight? A source claimed Hoda has kept the peace with Kelly publicly because she’s not a drama, but noted that she was pretty candid in 2018 when asked what she thought of Kelly’s future with NBC.
A source claimed the network’s senior officials asked staff for their thoughts, claiming: “Hoda was honest. She said it was a sympathy issue. Megyn is not relatable.” They continued, adding, “Hoda and Megyn remain cordial to each other on camera, but they hardly speak to each other once they’ve stopped rolling,” claiming Savannah Guthrie supported Kotb amid the alleged tensions .
Although no one has publicly confirmed the report, Kotb seems to have the last laugh if there really is drama. She was on hand to take over Kelly’s free third period of Today in October 2018 after Megyn Kelly Today ended. “Today, as you know, we begin a new chapter in the third hour of our show as it evolves,” Kotb said.
Hoda Kotb and Megyn Kelly’s on-air jabs
Though Hoda Kotb and Megyn Kelly haven’t publicly addressed potential feuds, Kotb seems to have hinted that she’s not exactly Kelly’s BFF. Life & Style noted in February 2018 that Kotb couldn’t help but laugh when Jane Fonda referenced her awkward previous “Today” interview with Kelly. “The atmosphere in between [Kotb and Kelly] is more than chilly. They stay as far apart as possible,” a source revealed of things between Kotb and Kelly on set at the time. “Hoda isn’t the type of person who talks behind people’s backs, but there’s a lot of eye rolls and she’s made comments about Megyn like, ‘I get more warmth from an iceberg.'”
But it’s not all one-sided. Kelly also appeared to get a nudge at Kotb on air in 2018 while congratulating her on getting Mat Lauer’s performance following his dramatic departure from “Today.” “We recently spoke about how your life was very different 10 years ago. They went through a dark period,” she said, which reportedly didn’t go over well. “Everyone in the control room gasped when Megyn mentioned Hoda’s ‘dark period’ because many viewers probably don’t know exactly what she was referring to,” a source told Page Six, adding, “That comment was embarrassing, mean.” It really hurt.” That moment came after Kelly seemingly forgot to greet Kotb on air a year earlier, despite acknowledging her other co-stars (via Daily Mail).