Megyn Kelly Wants to Be NBC’s Oprah, Sources Say

Megyn Kelly became a trending topic across social media on Friday morning when Page Six published a report claiming the soon-to-be NBC host wants to be the next Oprah Winfrey.

In fairness, what TV personality wouldn’t want to be the next Oprah? And Kelly has openly discussed her admiration for Winfrey in the past. The truth is, it would be a juicer story if Kelly didn’t want to fill Winfrey’s void.

The former Fox News Channel star who jumped to NBC when her contract expired has been tight lipped on the details of her upcoming NBC show, so the Post’s story does provide some key insight on her future plans.

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Last month, TheWrap reported that NBC executives informed the “Today” staff that the 9 a.m. hour was being canceled to make room for a new program led by Kelly. Page Six, citing a source, reports that Kelly got worn out of the combative style of her Fox News show, feeling “she has more to offer.”

The report continues: “She wants to help people the way Oprah did, and do something more positive. She’ll be focusing on issues and bringing in real people as well as celebrities. Plus, she has a sense of humor and she wants to use that.”

If Page Six’s source is indeed accurate, then viewers should expect Kelly’s upcoming NBC gig to be more of a Oprah-style live audience talk show than a hard-news morning show. Remember, Kelly also has an upcoming Sunday night primetime gig on NBC that will presumably be focused on news.

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The Page Six story also notes that NBC News president Noah Oppenheim is currently searching for an executive producer for Kelly’s upcoming show, but she wants an outsider as opposed to someone from the NBC family. It’s important to take into consideration, however, that the New York Post (the paper that houses Page Six) has attacked NBC News for years — reporting that Kelly doesn’t want her EP to be from NBC could be interpreted as a way to stir the pot.

It would make much more sense financially to use staff and infrastructure that is already in place for NBC’s “Today” show to help get Kelly’s show off the ground. Kelly is known to be close with “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer.

Kelly’s Fox News show was among the most-watched cable news programs for the past few years, so NBC executives no doubt hope her success can translate to daytime television. It’s safe to assume everyone involves hopes she is the next Oprah.

NBC declined comment.

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‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ Apologizes to Cancer Patient for Saying He Has ‘Nazi Hair’

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” tweeted an apology after the TBS show ran a segment that inadvertently mocked the “Nazi hair” of a cancer patient.

The segment featured “Full Frontal” producer Michael Rubens as he covered the Conservative Political Action Conference. “This venerable conference has long celebrated traditional small-government conservatism,” the segment’s narrator said. “Just last year, CPAC was dominated by Ted Cruz supporters and chirpy little s–s with bowties, but Donald Trump, worried about a poor reception, canceled his appearance. This year, the bowties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair. F– off.”

One of the pictures displayed during the repeated use of the phrase “Nazi Hair” was of Kyle Coddington, a contributor to the conservative site OUTSET. According to the site’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Perkins, Coddington “was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer and recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation.”

“On a personal note, as someone who has the pleasure of working with Kyle here at OUTSET, I urge Samantha Bee to release an apology for this sick attempt at a joke,” Perkins added. “Perhaps labeling someone because of their appearance is not the best approach.”

Coddington also responded to the segment via Twitter.

@iamsambee ???????????? Please delete this episode. I look like a balding potato.

– Kyle (@_that_kyle) March 9, 2017

@iamsambee Also, it’s not a Nazi haircut. Richard Spencer’s is, but mine’s from cancer. ????????‍♂️????????‍♂️

– Kyle (@_that_kyle) March 9, 2017

Rubens and the “Full Frontal” Twitter account have both responded.

We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.

– Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 9, 2017

@KFoleyFL !!! we didn’t know – we sincerely apologize & have reached out to him, & the show is making a donation to cancer research inst.

– Michael Rubens (@michaelsrubens) March 9, 2017

Nick Jonas Signs With WME

Nick Jonas has signed with WME, the agency announced Thursday.

The Grammy-nominated musician and actor will be represented by WME in all areas.

His acting credits include the Sundance Film Festival drama “Goat,” in which he co-starred alongside James Franco, and he recently wrapped production of the remake of “Jumanji” alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. He has also starred in the TV series “Scream Queens,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Kingdom.”

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Jonas’ songs include “Close,” “Jealous” and “Chains.” His first solo album “Nick Jonas” entered the Billboard 200, with both of the album’s singles charting the top 20 of the Billboard 100. It was re-released as “Nick Jonas X2” in 2015. He released his third studio album, “Last Year Was Complicated” in 2016.

As a songwriter, Jonas is a recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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He’ll continue to be represented by manager Phil McIntyre.

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DreamWorks Animation Pulls Plug on Hugh Jackman’s ‘Larrikins’

DreamWorks has cancelled the planned animated musical comedy “Larrikins,” according to a blog post from the project’s director, Tim Minchin.

Minchin, an Australian musician and stand-up comedian, said that “Larrikins” had been shut down on Friday, making it the second project shut down by the animation studio since it was purchased by NBCUniversal last April. Back in November, DreamWorks announced that they were canceling a planned sequel to the 2013 caveman comedy, “The Croods.”

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“I’ve recently been working in 3 different continents, missing my kids a lot, sleeping too little and not playing piano enough,” Minchin wrote in his blog post. “And then a couple of days ago, the animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last 4 years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs.”

“Larrikins” would have starred Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie and Naomi Watts in a comedy about a bilby — a marsupial native to the Australian Outback — who leaves his home under a rock to go on a road trip with a band. Minchin and Chris Miller (“Puss In Boots”) were attached to direct, with Minchin also writing songs for the film.

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With this cancellation, DreamWorks Animation currently has no films on its slate for 2018. Their next release is the Alec Baldwin-fronted “Boss Baby,” due out March 31, followed by a film adaptation of “Captain Underpants” on June 2. After that, DreamWorks has nearly two years of empty slate until “How To Train Your Dragon 3” releases March 1, 2019.

With DWA now joining Illumination under NBCUniversal’s wing, it’s looks likely that the two studios will be integrated in Universal’s plans for animated releases going forward. Notably, Illumination has “Despicable Me 3” set for June 30 of this year, and “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” planned for November, 2018.

Illustrator Peter de Seve confirmed on Twitter that he was the first designer hired to work on “Larrikins” and shared some early concept art he drew upon learning of the cancellation.

Very sad to hear DWA killed LARRIKINS, their Aussie project. I was the first designer on that and had high hopes. Silly me. Fun though!

– Peter de Sève (@peterdeseve) March 6, 2017

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