The 9 a.m. hour will now be hosted by Dylan Dreyer, Al Roker, Craig Melvin, and Sheinelle Jones. “Hope you don’t mind these faces!” Dylan tweeted alongside a selfie of the four. “You’ll be seeing a lot of them at 9 am. Please join us.”
Hope you don’t mind these faces! You’ll be seeing a lot of them at 9am. Please join us! #3rdhourtoday #youvegotafriendinus #letthegoodtimesroll @TODAYshow @SheinelleJones @craigmelvin @alroker pic.twitter.com/oY0fT6hedr
— Dylan Dreyer (@DylanDreyerNBC) January 7, 2019
Since Megyn was fired for her racial comments on-air, Craig, Al, and even Hoda Kotb took over her hour while Dylan and Sheinelle often made appearances. “Today, as you know, we are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show,” Hoda told the audience at the start of the morning program in late October. “As it evolves, we want you to know that the entire Today family will continue to bring you informative and important stories just as we always have.”
Megyn previously apologized for her behavior, but it seems it wasn’t enough to get Megyn Kelly Today back. “I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” she said at the time. “You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes… I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, that it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry.”
“I have never been a PC kind of person,” but she learned from the backlash over her statements that “it is not OK for (blackface) to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise. This past year has been so painful for many people of color,” she continued. “The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”
While Megyn will no longer be on Today, we’re not ruling out the idea of seeing the mom-of-three on the small screen. When asked about a possible TV return, she replied, “you’ll be seeing me.”
Next up: who will replace Kathie Lee Gifford on the fourth hour of Today with Hoda? We’ll have to wait and see!
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