Talk Show Controversies and Feuds: The Biggest Ever

Megyn Kelly’s Ouster
Kelly came under fire again in October 2018 when she defended wearing blackface makeup while celebrating Halloween. “When I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as character,” she insisted on her morning show. She apologized in an email to staffers and later read a statement on air. Us confirmed two days later that NBC canceled Megyn Kelly Today in the wake of the controversy.

Matt Lauer’s Firing
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack fired Lauer in November 2017 after a female employee accused the longtime Today host of sexual harassment in the workplace. The New York Times and Variety later published additional allegations of misconduct against Lauer, who apologized and admitted in a statement that there was “enough truth in these stories.” He and his wife of 19 years, Annette Roque, quietly began the divorce process after the scandal.

Kelly Ripa vs. Michael Strahan
Strahan informed Ripa during an April 2016 meeting that he was leaving Live With Kelly and Michael after nearly four years. A source told Us at the time that Ripa was “definitely blinded” and saw it as a “huge sign of disrespect” that nobody had told her earlier. After taking a full week off from the show, Ripa returned to her chair and delivered a monologue about “respect in the workplace.” That same day, Strahan confirmed in a statement that he would leave Live in May, four months ahead of his previously scheduled departure, to join Good Morning America as a full-time cohost.

Talk Show Controversies and Feuds
Sex scandals, extortion plots, and decades-long feuds sound like story lines straight out of a juicy soap like Revenge. But as reality TV fans know, some of the best drama is unscripted. Talk shows like the Today show, The Tonight Show, and The View may not seem that exciting, but they’ve provided plenty of headline fodder through the years. Here’s a look at some of the biggest controversies and feuds in talk show history.


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