According to Page Six, NBC “insiders” think the recent spat between NBC morning queen Megyn Kelly and fading movie star Jane Fonda has gone too far. The New York Post’s entertainment page reported Wednesday that although Kelly got the green light from the network to get testy with Fonda, they didn’t expect her to revisit the “Hanoi Jane” stigma or dwell on the actress’s plastic surgery.
Kelly told Fonda on Monday’s “Megyn Kelly Today” that her peacenik activities during the Vietnam War made it impossible for the Oscar-winning actress to assess “what’s offensive.”
Kelly further stated that it was time “to address [Fonda’s] ‘poor me’ routine.”
The NBC sources told Page Six that the episode illustrates how Kelly now has “too much power” and will undoubtedly scare away the famous from wanting to be interviewed by Kelly.
“The problem is that nobody at NBC is controlling Megyn. They paid her more than $20 million to host the 9 a.m. show, and she’s been given too much power. But the fact remains: You can’t say those things, or be so aggressive, on morning TV,” an “insider” told Page Six. “Plus, Megyn was already having trouble booking celebrities — so how is she ever going to book other stars if they disagree and she goes on air later and trashes them?”
The network did not respond to the Page Six report.