EVERYBODY WANTS BARBARA WALTERS' CAREER. THEY CAN'T BE BLAMED FOR THAT. BUT DON'T SAY IT!!!! THAT'S NOT SMART AT ALL, MEGYN KELLY
|MEGYN BEFORE THE DEBATE|
|MEGYN'S NEW LOOK AFTER THE DEBATE|
I like you, Megyn. You're smart. You do your homework. You have guts. When you got all the press after the first Republican debate, you knew you had your ammunition to grab the "empty Barbara Walters slot." At the beginning of your broadcast career you "had a little work done." Nice nose now. You cut your hair to look serious.
You went out and hired Barbara Walters' executive producer and specials partner, Bill Geddie, to do your specials. Obvious move, but an intelligent one. You're right to make your move now. Diane, Katie, Meredith, whoever, are getting older. The spot is yours for the taking.
But Megyn, you don't SAY that you want to be the next Barbara You just DO THE WORK. By saying it, you absolutely guarantee a comparison. And, by comparison, you don't measure up---yet.
You are skilled, but you're very white bread slick. You need to be as interesting as your subjects. Without that, you won't hit the home run. You're at second base now. You need to add emotion, danger, and any other visceral layers you can to make your mark.
And, by the way, I'm going to keep saying what I'm about to say as long as it needs to be said. RONA BARRETT INVENTED THE ONE-HOUR CELEBRITY INTERVIEW SPECIALS. Barbara and ABC stole them from her. Rona was at ABC when Barbara was brought over to be the news co-anchor. She wanted Rona's specials given to her. ABC wanted her so badly that they agreed and Rona got screwed. Shame on both of them.
Barbara could interview a cardboard box and people would tune in to see HER. She was not "guest-dependent." You are right now.
Megyn, You have a shot here. Really focus on developing your own style and go deep inside yourself to find some layers that the viewers will want to see.
You have good hair. Now try and find your soul.