Should NBC cancel Megyn Kelly's show?
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Should NBC cancel Megyn Kelly's show?

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Megyn Kelly's eponymous talk show has been airing on NBC for almost a year and rumors are swirling that the network is looking to replace her. Kelly, who was a host for Fox News for 12 years, has consistently drawn criticism since the show premiered. In her first year, viewers called for her cancellation for everything from her handling of the Las Vegas massacre to her tense interview with Jane Fonda. But are audiences judging Kelly too harshly?

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Kelly's hosting abilities were quickly put to the test. Shortly after her show premiered, a lone gunman massacred people in Las Vegas at an outdoor concert. After the shooting that left 59 people dead and injured over 500, Kelly took to the airwaves to discuss her feelings on the event. According to Glamour, she said,

"I do feel helpless in these times. Do you? The mental health laws are not going to change, and we know it. The gun laws? Right. And even if they did change, you would still get people like this guy, and we know it. From the look of things, this is a guy who was a lone shooter, no history of violence, no record, no red flags, no anything. No anything in this case, not yet anyway. A retired accountant who had a girlfriend, who was supposedly happy, decided to murder a group of innocent people here in the land of the free. So how exactly do we make sense of that?"

Some members of Kelly's audience were surprised that she appeared to be speaking out against gun control after the largest mass shooting in American history. Glamour goes on to debunk Kelly's implication that gun control laws would do nothing to prevent acts like this. 

Despite Kelly's claim that this still would've happened with stricter gun control laws in place, research shows that these laws do affect people's safety. There's a correlation between state gun control laws and the number of gun deaths in each state, and the U.S. has a huge number of gun deaths compared with other countries. U.N. data show that the U.S. has over 21 times the firearm deaths of Australia, which has seen a dramatic decline in gun-related deaths ever since passing stronger gun control legislation in the nineties. And women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to die at the hands of guns than those in other high-income countries, according to a study in the Journal of Trauma.

Kelly misrepresented the facts in her monologue, but is that enough to warrant her removal?

Kelly's show has struggled since its premiere. In early October 2017, Vanity Fair ran a brutal round-up of criticism of the show's first few weeks on air. 

BuzzFeed recently published a largely negative review that noted the various contrived voices Kelly attempted during her first week—“the Valley Girl, the Whisper, the Blaccent, the Baby, the Purposely Deep to Be Funny”—and their accompanying hand gestures. The piece concluded that Megyn Kelly Today, at least in its first week, suffered from “bad producing, weak booking, and a bizarre reading of this particular moment in America.” The New York Times’ review was not much more forgiving, explaining that for all the talk of “joy” that Kelly has been preaching on her show and in the press run-up to its debut, “it’s just not enjoyable.”

Despite early calls to have Kelly replaced, NBC stuck with the anchor. But was that the right choice?

Kelly was recently under scrutiny for bashing fellow talk show host Jimmy Kimmel during a conversation about the Academy Awards. While offering her thoughts about improvements for the awards show, Kelly advocated for a less political host in 2019. According to The Hill, Kelly said:

"And I would also say for the record, maybe choose a host – because the last time around they had Jimmy Kimmel," the former Fox News host continued. "I know a lot of people love Jimmy, but he’s openly said he has disdain for Republicans, that they’re stupid, and he doesn’t want them watching his shows if they disagree with any of his opinions. That does not tend to help your ratings."

Many on Twitter were quick to point out, though, that Kelly herself has a history of divisive content. Users specifically made note of a 2013 segment where she said definitively that Santa Claus is white.

But Megyn still has vocal fans on Twitter.

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