The first episode of NBC’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” will debut this Sunday with a story about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It’s unknown whether the former Fox News Channel host will be speaking personally to the Russian leader, but she is currently in Russia taking part in an onstage question-and-answer session with Putin on Friday at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Airing at 7 p.m., “Sunday Night” will give competition to CBS’ “60 Minutes” and marks the beginning of Kelly’s new career with the major network. In the fall, she will debut a 9 a.m. weekday talk show.
“Sunday Night” has been touted as a show which will provide in-depth interviews. “Fortunately, it’s not brain surgery,” said Kelly, noting, “No one’s going to die if I don’t get it perfectly on the first try. But I’m enjoying this. It’s nice, after 12 years in the business, to be learning a new skill.”
NBC is reportedly thrilled to be working with her. “She’s just a natural,” said network executive Elizabeth Cole. “She really connects with the people she interviews.”
So far, she has recorded segments with sportscaster Erin Andrews, who was victimized by a stalker and has been dealing with cancer, and J.D. Vance, author of a book about attitudes of the white underclass, called “The Hillbilly Elegy.”
Kelly’s interview with Putin will be “hard-hitting,” she predicted, noting, “I am not looking to make him cry.”
CBS Corp. Chairman Leslie Moonves recently seemed unconcerned about the competition, telling reporters, “We won’t take too many shots at Megyn,” he said.
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