Airing immediately following "Today" on NBC, "Megyn Kelly Today" will move its host out of the political arena and more toward the lighter side of the morning show world: human interest stories. "It's everywhere, and it's gotten so dark, and I'm just like, over [it]".
Most of the episode devolved into an intentionally meta hall of mirrors, inviting the audience to admire Kelly as much as Kelly admires Kelly - a morning TV show about the birth of a morning TV show.
That lyric from the John Denver ballad "Today" featured prominently in Megyn Kelly's Today debut Monday, an hour the former Fox News host repeatedly insisted would be hopeful, empowering, optimistic and "fun". Kelly gave viewers a rundown of her upbringing as she pointed out her grinning mom in the audience, shared a story about her relationship with her late father and accepted a bouquet of red roses from her husband, who emerged from the audience to greet Kelly with a kiss onstage.
Kelly previously made it clear that her new show would be free of politics, saying, "We'll definitely be talking about major developments out of Washington, but it's not going to be the Trump channel".
Other Today show anchors, including Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, appeared on the program to welcome Kelly to the Today family.
Continuing, Kelly admitted that the hope of the show was to have people share "a laugh, a smile, sometimes a tear, and maybe a little hope to start your day".
Kelly's new program is as odd as the first one at NBC.
"We have the entire cast of "Will and Grace" here live, along with the show creators".
Then she took questions from the audience - the first from a gushing fan: "What's been your greatest joy?" while moving from hosting a nighttime show to hosting a morning show, he wanted to know.
It also comes with NBC executives holding their collective breath, fearful that the ratings for Kelly's "Today" show wouldn't justify their multi-million investment (reportedly $15-$20 million) after ratings that tanked for her first enterprise on the network, "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly".