NBC host Megyn Kelly invited three women who claim President Donald Trump sexually harassed them onto her daytime talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” Monday morning for what some critics view as a desperate ploy to boost her ailing ratings.
The interview occurred shortly before the three accusers — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Cooks — appeared at a press conference hosted by Brave New Films, a media company that published a documentary last month about the allegations against Trump, according to RealClearPolitics.
During the press conference the three women outlined their claims against Trump, while a representative for Brave New Films’ touted the company’s documentary.
Just as some suspect the press conference had been designed to promote the company’s documentary, some likewise believe Kelly’s interview with the three accusers earlier Monday morning was designed solely to boost her daytime talk show’s atrocious ratings.
The Washington Post reported in late October that the ratings for “Megyn Kelly Today” were so poor that the network’s hosts had “begun visiting Kelly’s show as if on a rescue mission.”
In one particularly embarrassing clip, for instance, fellow NBC host Hoda Kotb could be seen briefly appearing on Kelly’s show to dance with her — all in a bid to boost the show’s poor ratings.
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It was around this time that Kelly “delivered a monologue critical of Fox News for its handling of sexual abuse allegations, specifically against her former colleague O’Reilly, who was forced out in April,” as reported by The Washington Free Beacon.
This bombshell monologue wound up turning the tide in her favor, engendering a much-needed boost in ratings that continues to bless her show.
“Kelly’s hour of ‘Today’ has maintained the boost and has drawn an average of 2.296 million viewers through most of November,” the Beacon noted.
Fast forward to Monday, when Kelly invited Leeds, Holvey and Cooks to appear on her show and expound further on their claims that sometime in the past — long before he became president — Trump sexually harassed and/or groped them.
“Holvey, who competed in the Trump led beauty pageant said that Trump ‘personally inspected each woman’ prior to the pageant,” Breitbart reported.”Leeds accused Trump of groping her breasts and trying to put his hand up her skirt over 30 years ago. Crooks accused Trump of forcibly kissing her outside of an elevator.”
Whether or not these allegations have merit remains unclear to this day. To some critics among us, however, it’s clear as day that Kelly’s decision to invite these women onto her show was motivated by nothing but her ego. But are the critics right? You tell me.
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