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'Today' Ratings Rise Without Megyn Kelly

Megyn who?

Almost a month after Megyn Kelly was fired from NBC, ratings for the third hour of NBC's "Today" show are up nearly 10 percent.


"Today" show ratings have a tendency to rise when a major event takes place at the network. For example, after Matt Lauer's termination last year over sexual misconduct allegations, ratings soared.

It looks like the "Today" show viewership is on the upswing. For the past three weeks, the overall ratings for the first two hours of the NBC morning program is larger than rival network ABC's "Good Morning America."

"Megyn Kelly Today" never really got off the ground and the morning show's ratings dropped after she took the job as head of the network's long-running program. She simply wasn't well-received by fans. "Megyn Kelly Today" was canceled two days after a discussion about what was acceptable to wear for Halloween costumes. She haughtily recalled that it was acceptable when she was a kid to wear whiteface or blackface "as long as you were dressing like a character."

The "Today" show is a four-hour morning program but the third hour is now hosted by a rotating group of "Today" anchors. Even "Today" show favorite, Al Roker, has played a major role in the revamped time period.

It appears that the decision to boot Kelly is paying off for NBC and its viewers.

The Conversation (1)
votetocorrect15 Nov, 2018
Megyn Kelly should have never been hired by any other station than Fox! Fox made her and put up with her racism, then sent her out in the world to spread it!

Soul Legend Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. There's mixed reactions on social media.

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It has been confirmed that legendary soul singer, Gladys Knight, will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 3.

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'I Will Stand By My Sisters,' Says Keke Palmer After Watching 'Surviving R. Kelly'

"I have spent the last hour crying," Palmer said on Instagram, referring to herself as a former "student of R. Kelly."

Keke Palmer is the latest celebrity speaking out against R. Kelly after Lifetime Network's airing of the deeply emotional and controversial "Surviving R. Kelly" last week.

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Chance The Rapper Apologizes to Black Women for Working With R. Kelly

While Chance acknowledged his mistake, many other artists, who have profited in some way from an R. Kelly collaboration, are keeping quiet.

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"Surviving R. Kelly," the documentary series that R. Kelly's lawyers had threatened to file a federal lawsuit over, has not only outed some disgusting allegations against the singer, songwriter and record producer, and the families of young Black girls, but also gut-wrenching truths about the treatment of Black women by the music industry — and the money and fame that has been prioritized over their lives.

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LeBron James: NFL Owners Have 'Slave Mentality'

On his TV show "The Shop," James slammed the NFL and commended NBA commissioner Adam Silver for allowing players to express themselves.

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LeBron James, star of the Los Angeles Lakers, slammed NFL owners on the latest episode of HBO's "The Shop," which aired on Friday night.

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Viola Davis Stands Up for Black Women in Speech

"I was tired of seeing movies without me in it and I don't mean me—Viola—I mean, me, as a Black woman."

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After winning a leadership award this week, Viola Davis used her time on stage to speak her mind, and she brought her A game. Not often are Black women given a platform. We usually take it, or create it for ourselves and for others. A video clip of her speech is going viral with more than 500,000 views.

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Rihanna Demands Trump Stop Playing Her Music at 'Tragic Rallies'

The artist made it clear on Twitter that she doesn't want her hit song being played.

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Rihanna is the latest artist to ban her music from being played at rallies featuring President Donald Trump.

Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Sunday on Twitter that Rihanna's hit song "Don't Stop the Music" was playing at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections:

Rihanna responded to Rucker's tweet:

Rihanna has sold 124 million digital singles in the U.S., which is 10 million more than any other artist, according to Forbes.

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Last month, she turned down an offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.

Soon after, actress Amy Schumer posted on social media that she was turning down a chance to appear in a Super Bowl commercial. Schumer also said it "would be cool" if Maroon 5, scheduled to perform, would reject the offer, like Rihanna did.

Last week, Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump to stop him from using his music. On the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Trump hosted a Midwest campaign rally where "Happy" was on the playlist.

Related Story: Trump Plays Pharrell's 'Happy' at Post Pittsburgh Massacre Rally

"There was nothing 'happy' about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose," the letter states.

At a rally last week for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was captured on video dancing to "Happy," and it went viral.

Pharrell approved:

"Get it legend."