Her new morning show, which is expected to replace an hour of “Today,” is scheduled for the fall.
According to The NYTimes, Kelly’s re-entry had been delayed in part because of protracted negotiations over the terms of her exit from Fox News, which retained the right to keep her off the air until her contract was terminated. NBC is also trying to identify a niche for Kelly within its crowded news division, which already boasts name-brand stars like Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt.
Network executives have yet to settle on a title or an exact format for Kelly’s programs, although her Sunday show has been publicized as a newsmagazine that will go head-to-head with the longtime weekend ratings champion, “60 Minutes” on CBS.
NBC News vet and former “Dateline” executive producer David Corvo will executive produce Kelly’s Sunday show with another longtime NBC producer, Elizabeth Cole. NBC News chairman Andy Lack flew to Russia earlier this month to meet with Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, sparking buzz that a Putin interview may launch Kelly’s show.