Exiting Fox News superstar Megyn Kelly has inked a lucrative new deal with NBC, according to the New York Times. The TV journalist who went toe-to-toe with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election season has snagged a pact giving her a daytime talk show, a Sunday night program and a significant stake in NBC's political coverage. The big question soap opera fans are asking is what will Kelly's good fortune mean for long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives?
From the report:
In its announcement, NBC said the daytime program would run Monday through Friday at a time to be determined. It is unclear how NBC News would ensure that all of its affiliates would carry it, given that daytime television is often filled with syndicated programs. But people familiar with the discussions said NBC was confident that it would not be a problem.
This isn't the first time a major news personality's expensive deal sent shockwaves into the daytime community. A few seasons ago, ABC moved General Hospital from its long-held timeslot for Katie Couric, whose syndicated talk show subsequently failed.
Days of Our Lives has aired on NBC since 1965. The Sony Pictures TV and Corday Productions-owned soap opera received a one season renewal in February of 2016, with an option for a second year.