'Today' show's stars turning into mean girls'

  © Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Savannah Guthrie, Megyn Kelly and Hoda Kotb appear on "Today" on Oct. 25, 2017.
There's more drama at "Today."
A new report from Page Six points out some of the mean-girl antics the show's stars and staff have seemingly engaged in in recent weeks, and it's not pretty.
The report, published on Jan. 20, blames Megyn Kelly for having started it. Megyn, of course, has endured more than her fair share of drama ever since she joined NBC and assumed hosting duties for the third hour of "Today" last year.
After Hoda Kotb, 53, officially took over for disgraced host Matt Lauer, 60, following his ouster amid a brewing sexual misconduct scandal, Megyn congratulated her "'Mean Girls'-style," the New York Post's gossip column alleges.
Megyn, 47, said to Hoda on live television on Jan. 2, "We talked recently about how 10 years ago, your life was very different. You were going through a dark period... Do you take a moment on a day like this to stop and think, 'Holy moly'?"

  © Splash News Megyn Kelly is seen outside on The Plaza during the "Today" show in New York City on Nov. 17, 2017.
But she didn't elaborate on what she meant by "dark period." It actually refers to Hoda's breast cancer diagnosis and surgery, not something nefarious or scandalous, as many feel her language implied.
Staffers were shocked at Megyn's approach, Page Six reports. "Everybody in the control room gasped when Megyn brought up Hoda's 'dark period' because many viewers likely won't know exactly what she was referring to," an NBC News insider said. "That comment was awkward, mean-spirited. It really stung."
The gossip column further reported that the production team for Hoda and co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, 46, later threw Megyn under the bus when they highlighted her cringe-worthy interview with Hollywood legend Jane Fonda from September.

  © MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb appear outside the "Today" studios in New York City on Jan 2, 2018.
Viewers might remember Megyn and Jane made headlines after Megyn asked the actress about her plastic surgery during a joint interview with Robert Redford they were doing to promote their movie "Our Souls at Night." A surprised and offended Jane shut Megyn down without hesitation, calling it "the wrong time and place to ask that question."
When Jane returned to "Today" in January -- this time with "Grace and Frankie" co-star Lily Tomlin during Hoda and Savannah's 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. portion of the show -- Jane delivered a stinging quip about Megyn, asking Lily, "Who are you, Megyn Kelly?" after Lily joked she'd known Jane since "before your first face lift." Hoda and Savannah burst into laughter.


Jane Fonda had quite the response to Lily Tomlin's facelift comment

Hoda and Savannah's "Today" producing team -- Megyn has a separate production staff for the 9 o'clock hour -- then added insult to injury when they tweeted a video clip featuring the dig at Megyn.
There will, however, soon be some physical distance between all the women, as Megyn will remain in New York City to host her third hour of "Today" while Hoda and Savannah will co-anchor "Today" live from Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 12.
Deadline reports that Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer will join them in South Korea while Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager will remain in NYC with Megan, where the duo will host the fourth hour of the NBC morning show.
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