NBC host Megyn Kelly declared Monday that she is "done with politics for now" during the debut of her new daytime show, leading Twitter to mock the former Fox News anchor for attempting to leave her past behind and move into a softer kind of news coverage.
"The truth is, I'm kind of done with politics for now," Kelly said on "Megyn Kelly Today." "I know. You know why, right? We all feel it. It's everywhere, and it's gotten so dark, and I'm just like, over [it]."
Twitter users quickly responded to Kelly's comments, writing that she may not be completely done with politics and referencing her past reporting, Mashable reported.
"As NBC tries to sell us a warm and fuzzy ‘kinda done with politics' Megyn Kelly, a reminder of what she did in her old job," a HuffPost editor wrote. She linked to a Media Matters video compilation of Kelly talking about race issues and police relations with the black community.
As NBC tries to sell us a warm and fuzzy "kinda done with politics" Megyn Kelly, a reminder of what she did in her old job. https://t.co/r84bbgZZwC
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) September 25, 2017
Other journalists and writers had similar comments for Kelly, referencing her new show's potential guests and her attempt to leave her political reporting career behind.
Sketch idea: Megyn Kelly tries to "have fun & avoid politics" with her 1st guest list, Kid Rock, Jimmy Kimmel and the Golden State Warriors
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 25, 2017
Surprise! Megyn Kelly, who got her start at FOX News, thinks Jemele Hill "shouldn't get political:" https://t.co/UdzuZ184D2
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) September 25, 2017
Good morning! Megyn Kelly is slime. https://t.co/rFQRsIBSEd
— Patrik Sandberg (@PatrikSandberg) September 25, 2017
Yashar Ali shared this thread to spare us from having to sit through Megyn Kelly Today. Thank you, kind sir. https://t.co/hmYMgtCeBw
— Raquel Cepeda (@RaquelCepeda) September 25, 2017
Some felt the whole show was just plain awkward.
"Megyn Kelly Today" so far feels like this silent scream of smiling at fellow guests while wanting to leave a terrible dinner party.
— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) September 25, 2017
Bottom line on Megyn Kelly: doesn't matter what Twitter or critics say about the show, which was awkward. All about how audience responds.
— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) September 25, 2017
For her second show on Tuesday, Kelly will continue her deviation from politics and be joined by the cast of the television drama series "This Is Us."