Megyn Kelly may consider her new gig at NBC a chance to rebrand herself after 12 years at Fox News, arguably one of the most divisive news networks on the air. During her Sunday Night debut, she addressed the divisive nature of cable news in the U.S., even asking her viewers: “Can’t we all just get along?”
Not everyone is falling for it, like The Daily Show correspondent Michelle Wolf, who called Kelly out hard during Monday night’s episode. Wolf laid into Kelly, calling her premiere on NBC “disgusting” and saying she was just “trying to manipulate the American public.”
“I’m sorry, now we’re all supposed to be friends?” Wolf said sarcastically. “Now that you’re at NBC, you’re acting all peaceful, like some sort of Mahatma Blondie?”
Wolf then showed a compilation of clips of some of the brutal and harsh things Kelly said during her Fox years before laying into her again. “Five months ago, she was part of the problem,” Wolf said. “Actually, she was the queen of the problem… Sorry, Megyn, you’re not the new Barbara Walters. You’re that Sprint/Verizon guy who just follows the money.”
Wolf definitely has a point. Fox News is not known for being friendly, inclusive or accurate, and Kelly’s kumbaya image on NBC has been a marked departure from her persona at Fox. But can she really be blamed for following the money? How many of us do jobs that aren’t perfect because we want to make a better buck? On that note, who even has a job that’s perfect?
Kelly probably deserves the criticism she’s getting for suddenly trying to sneakily rehab her image. But for getting paid? That’s just something we’re all trying to do.