Megyn Kelly's Today Debut

Megyn Kelly turns to daytime for shot at'Oprah effect

Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show "Megyn Kelly Today" at NBC Studios in NY.

"We'll be dissecting the latest tweet from President Trump", she said, sarcastically, before insisting that politics will never be welcome in this safe space of an hour.

Instead, Kelly, who made her morning debut in a violet pussy-bow blouse over black trousers with ruffled ankle cuffs, did everything she could to seem morning-show relatable.

Kelly, whose chipper demeanor was markedly different from her clipped, serious tone during her Fox News days on "The Kelly File", led things off with a joke on the inaugural episode of "Megyn Kelly Today". It premiered Monday on NBC in the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show, proving only that the experiment is far from successful. She introduced her mother, seated in the audience.

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.

"You've already made all of laugh and cry, honey".

That is when Megyn threw in a hick-kick similar to the one performed by Sally O'Malley, the super-spirited 50-year-old dancer played by Molly Shannon on "Saturday Night Live" who would often speak of her age and ability to kick.

After a commercial break, she welcomed her first guests - the cast of "Will & Grace". The show returns for a revival Thursday.

"You'll know who I am by the songs that I sing".

Earlier this month, Kelly told PEOPLE she's been "having so much fun [at NBC] it's nearly not right".

"That is so sweet, because he is not a TV person", said Kelly after he exited the stage.

A pre-taped segment with a Chicago nun working to improve her neighborhood.



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