The former Fox News host and journalist opened the show by saying that she was "kind of done" with politics at the moment because "it's just gotten so dark".
"Megyn Kelly Today" represents quite a change for the woman who made in her name in primetime cable news. Though all of broadcast morning shows are down, and Today still easily ranks as the No. 1 telecast among adults 25-54, it just wrapped its least-watched season since 1991.
Continuing, Kelly admitted that the hope of the show was to have people share "a laugh, a smile, sometimes a tear, and maybe a little hope to start your day".
The leftist stars of "Will & Grace" looked horrified as Megyn Kelly made a gay joke while pandering to NBC's liberal audience.
Variety also dismissed Kelly's introductory material - including a "surprise" bouquet of roses from her husband Douglas Brunt live on air - as "largely strained, and frankly unnecessary".
- Elyssa (@ElyssaK) September 25, 2017 "Megyn Kelly Today" so far feels like this silent scream of smiling at fellow guests while wanting to leave a bad dinner party.
Staying away from politics and serious reporting is a smart move for Kelly - yet her new NBC program appears to be as directionless as the first.
The promotional lead up to Monday's first show set a new standard for desperation. Kelly, a precise, crystalline wordsmith when in takedown mode, awkwardly sprinkled slang into her speech.
On one episode of "The Kelly File" she told Family Research Council head Tony Perkins: 'Gay rights are more and more protected in this country, Christian beliefs and Christian rights, not so much'.
After interviewing the four chiefs, Kelly said stories like that are why she wants to do the NBC morning talk show. A middle segment featured the "Today" regulars welcoming Kelly to 30 Rockefeller Center, a predawn festivity of studied smarm, with the added delight of seeing Kathie Lee Gifford sit in her makeup chair and play nice-nice with Kelly the way an old house cat would welcome a naive and extra-squeaky mouse to the kitchen.
In fact, lack of genuineness seems to be biggest problem Kelly's new show has.