On Wednesday, BroadcastingCable.com reported that Kelly will be replacing the Today show's 9 a.m. hour. A network source reportedly told the outlet that Kelly's new daytime talk show will air in the third hour of NBC's Today show, but the timing on when it will debut is still up in the air. According to the source, the show "will not fall under the Today banner, but instead be Kelly-branded."
In regard to reports that NBC kept many of its high-profile employees in the dark, including Matt Lauer, who, according to PageSix, “blew a gasket” after finding out about Kelly's deal, a source at NBC tells ET "it’s just completely not true."
According to the source, top executives informed Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Lester Holt before the announcement went out. NBC News chairman Andy Lack also kept Today show executive Noah Oppenheim in the loop on Kelly's move to NBC.