Couric Sidesteps Question About Possible Fallout At ‘Today’ Show After Megyn Kelly’s Hiring

Katie Couric was blindsided with an awkward question Tuesday night during an episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

Couric appeared to be all smiles as she sat alongside Oscar winner Sally Field until host Andy Cohen took a question from a fan over the phone.

“What do you think of the shake-up at the Today show with Tamron Hall leaving and the addition of Megyn Kelly?” asked the caller. “Have you had a chance to talk to Tamron about the changes?”

Couric’s expression quickly changed from genuine smile to forced grin as she did her best to choose her words carefully to avoid any appearance she was taking sides in the matter.

“I haven’t talked to Tamron, I don’t know Tamron very well,” Couric said.

“I do know Megyn a bit and unfortunately I think people sometimes turn morning shows into soap operas that they’re not because they feel so intimately connected to the people on the show,” she added. “They get very territorial and proprietary about it. And they read things into relationships.”

The 60-year-old Couric is well versed in the behind-the-scenes headlines that go along with morning news programs. She took over as co-host of Today 1991 after Deborah Norville went on maternity leave, and ratings during Couric’s time on the program were so strong that Norville never returned. Couric remained as co-host of Today until 2006.

“I think it will all work out, and I think the show is great,” Couric said. “I wish Tamron well, but I’m just not getting involved in the drama of it all.”

NBC confirmed in February that Hall would be leaving the network at the end of the month when her contract expired, even though she was offered a renewal. The news came just days after Hall learned she’d be losing her 9 a.m. time slot to Kelly.

Sources close to Hall said she felt insulted NBC was pushing her aside for someone more popular.

“Tamron doesn’t know Megyn, but of course it’s insulting,” the source told Page Six. “(Hall’s) show was beating Kelly Ripa and ‘Nightly News’ would rate well when she would fill in for Lester Holt.”

A launch date for Kelly’s new program has not been announced.

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Smile: Katie Couric was asked to comment on the alleged drama at Today following the departure of Tamron Hall and hiring of Megyn Kelly


Katie Couric's face DROPS as she is asked to weigh in on Megyn Kelly and Tamron Hall shake-up at 'Today'

Katie Couric was all smiles on Monday night as she stopped by 'Watch What Happens Live' alongside two-time Oscar winner Sally Fields.

That smile fell right off Couric's face however halfway through the show when host Andy Cohen took a question from a fan over the phone.

'What do you think of the shake-up at the "Today" show with Tamron Hall leaving and the addition of Megyn Kelly?' asked the caller.

Couric was quick to answer the question, and plaster a smile right back on her face while giving her response.
'I haven't talked to Tamron, I don't know Tamron very well,' said Couric.

'I do know Megyn a bit and unfortunately I think people some times turn morning shows into soap operas that they're not  because they feel so intimately connected to the people on the show.

Couric went on to explain: 'They feel like they're members of their family, they get very territorial and proprietary about it, and they read things into relationships.

'So, you know, I think it will all work out and I think the show is great and I wish Tamron well, but I'm just not getting involved in the drama of it all.'

Cohen then chimed in: 'Katie Couric for Senate.'

In a statement shortly after she departed the show back in January, NBC hailed Hall as an 'exceptional journalist' while stressing that it was her decision to walk away.

'We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but we wish her all the best,' said the network.

A source familiar with the discussions between Hall and the NBC told DailyMail.com: 'NBC News very much wanted Tamron to stay, she was offered a multi-million dollar/multi-year contract and she chose to go.'

Hall posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday while preparing to tape an upcoming special for TLC.

Kelly meanwhile is set to start at the network shortly, with her morning show to debut this fall.

She made her triumphant return to the media world on Thursday, when she proved to be the most popular girl in the room at The Hollywood Reporter's annual soiree to celebrate the 35 most powerful people in the the industry.
It was a big night for Kelly, who was seeing and speaking to some of her media friends for the first time in over three months while also being honored for the second year in a row.

The former Fox News anchor has been laying low ever since she announced back in January that she would be spreading her feathers and heading over to the Peacock Network when her contract was up with the cable news leader, where she has worked for more than a decade.

When asked on the red carpet if she was looking forward to getting back into the swing of things over at NBC, Kelly said: 'I've spent enough time staring at the refrigerator, it's time to do some news.'

Kelly, 47, seemed elated to be out and about again as she was photographed smiling and laughing with colleagues past and present including NBC stars Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt as well as her former Fox News buddy and occasional adversary Sean Hannity.

The two could be seen grinning from ear-to-ear in one photo as they embraced each other in the middle of the event, which was held at the still-under-construction Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City.

Guthrie and Holt were also honorees at the event, as was Hannity, who was listed alongside Bill O'Reilly on the THR list this year.

O'Reilly, who announced just over a week ago that he was heading off on what he claimed was a long-planned vacation in the wake of an explosive article detailing sexual harassment allegations made against him during his two decades at Fox News, was not in attendance on Thursday.

Fox News co-president Bill Shine, another of the honorees, was in attendance however, and was questioned about O'Reilly's future at the network by a number of the reporters at the event.

New York writer and reporter Gabriel Sherman, who first wrote about the sexual harassment allegations involving the network and Roger Ailes back in 2014 when he released his biography of the CEO, was one of those who approached Shine hoping for a scoop on Thursday.

'At @THR party, I asked Fox News co-president Bill Shine what plan is for O'Reilly. "I'm just going to have a good time tonight," he said,' wrote Sherman on Twitter.

Shine also did not appear to spend much time with the former shining star of his network, as he and Kelly were not photographed together over the course of the night.

Kelly meanwhile is also keeping her lips closed about O'Reilly, despite the fact that the Fox News host went after her in a big way last November for alleging in her memoir that she was sexually harassed by Ailes during her time at Fox News.

Ailes and his lawyer have previously denied Kelly's claims.

'I'm not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad. Okay?' said O'Reilly in response to Kelly's bombshell revelation in her book.

'I'm not interested in making my network look bad at all. That doesn't interest me one bit. '

Kelly then fired back the following day, saying: 'I believe that Roger Ailes made the company look bad.'

Ailes was one of the 35 media members who made the cut last year for the THR honor, but did not make a repeat appearance in 2017 after stepping down from his post as CEO at the network back in July. 

Kelly was escorted to the event by her husband, novelist Douglas Brunt.

The couple posed for photos together on the red carpet, and beyond that point Brunt seemed keen to avoid the flashing lights and stand off to the side while his wife caught up with her friends.

Among those who Kelly was snapped speaking to were Hollywood producer and Malia Obama boss Harvey Weinsten and designer Zac Posen.

There were also a great deal of photos that showed Kelly being fawned over by her biggest fan in the industry and quite possibly the world, Don Lemon.

The CNN anchor and Kelly were seen posing together on the red carpet at the event and then having a long chat with one another once inside the event.

It was widely believed before she made her announcement in January that Kelly would be heading to CNN should she decide to leave Fox News.

Those rumors began to pick up steam last summer when she and Dana Perino were seen enjoying some late-night libations at the CNN Grill with Lemon, Anderson Cooper and the network's head honcho Jeff Zucker at the Democratic National Convention.

In the end though it was NBC that Kelly chose and it seems that she is now ready to get started - with early rumors of a possible interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin in the works.

There is also a good chance she might be able to score a sit down with her old frenemy - President Donald Trump.

When asked about their relationship by The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly said: 'He and I have been in touch since his victory - I called him - and had a great talk. He was quite gracious.'


‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Chef Paulie Giganti Found Dead In His Home At Age 36

Hell’s Kitchen chef Paulie Giganti, 36, was found dead in his home this morning in Philadelphia, RadarOnline can exclusively reveal.

The Medical Examiner confirmed to Radar that Giganti’s time of death was 8:55am on April 20.

“There is no cause of death at this time as this just happened today,” an official told Radar. “Police were at the scene.”

An officer with the Philadelphia Police would not comment on whether there was trauma or foul play suspected at this time.

Giganti competed on the show in 2016, and runs a restaurant in Philadelphia called Birra. A New York native who went to school for engineering, Giganti was not a trained chef, but learned how to cook on his own, according to an interview he did in a local Philadelphia paper before competing on the show.

Gordon Ramsay’s particularly brash brand of television and restaurant running has made for fantastic television for years, but this is not the first time a chef from the show has died.

In 2010, chef Joseph Cerniglia was found dead in an apparent suicide in the Hudson, exactly where Ramsay said his poorly run restaurant was about to be swimming. His family insisted he loved Ramsay and his treatment on the show had nothing to do with his death.

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