Megyn Kelly will return to primetime on NBC for at least one one-hour special in early August, a person familiar with the planning told TheWrap on Thursday. The appearance is expected to be a resuscitation of Kelly’s much-discussed evening show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.”
Back in March — in a release mostly promoting her interview with Vladimir Putin — the network promised that Kelly would return to the airwaves “periodically” in the spring and summer of 2018.
“This special marks the return of the weekend primetime newsmagazines Kelly will anchor periodically this spring and summer until football season,” it read, while also being careful to say that her appearances would depend on “Kelly’s schedule with her weekday morning program.”
Reps for the network referred TheWrap to that statement hedge to explain the delay.
It hasn’t been easy for Kelly ratings-wise since she joined NBC, though she recently hit her stride interviewing prominent women in the #MeToo movement. The anchor, who was one of Fox News’ most popular on-air personalities, left the network in 2017 to pick up the third hour of NBC’s “Today” show.
While on Fox News, Kelly was often a lightning rod for controversy, but could also draw upon her past as a litigator to deliver hard-hitting moments. During the first Republican presidential debate in 2015, Kelly confronted Donald Trump about his past comments toward women, which ignited a nasty feud between the two that hasn’t fully healed.