A one-hour segment of NBC's Today show, which is hosted by Al Roker and Tamron Hall, will be replaced by a segment hosted by Megyn Kelly, Page Six reports. Roker and Hall are two of NBC's most prominent black hosts, and people are upset that they've been pushed out of their prime-time slot by Kelly, who is coming to NBC from Fox News and has made racist remarks in the past.
Though it's not yet determined which slot, either the 9am or the 10am Kelly will fill, one thing has been made clear, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford aren't going anywhere. "If she takes over Hoda and Kathie Lee’s 10 a.m. hour, they will move to the 9 a.m. hour," an insider told Page Six. Which means that Hall and Roker will get the cut no matter what.
"People are pissed. The third hour was beating every syndicated show across the board," another insider said. Roker also tweeted out the high ratings of the show just earlier this week.
It's also been reported that Hall is planning to leave NBC once her contract is up next month, though it's hard to say which came first, her choice to leave or Kelly's arrival. One thing is for sure though, people are not happy about someone who has regularly dismissed and actively enforced racism. Kelly has made too many bigoted remarks to count but here are a few. She said that Santa and Jesus are both white, disputed the idea of intentionally integrating communities to remove class stratification, calling them "unequal neighborhoods," and, oh yeah, once said that Michelle Obama's speech to a predominantly black high school about overcoming structural inequalities supported a "culture of victimization," Bust reports. Well, at the very least, NBC is losing a bunch of viewers. Here's what fans have to say: