▪Megyn Kelly is poised to take over an hour of the Today show amid rumors NBC is grooming her to eventually supplant Savannah Guthrie as a cohost of the morning institution. To make way for the former Fox News star, NBC has canceled Today’s 9_a.m. segment, which featured Al Roker and Tamron Hall; Kelly will either take over their slot, or swap with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford at 10 a.m. Sources at NBC told the New York Post that there are rumors within the network that “Megyn would eventually get the lead anchor role on Today, pushing Savannah out,” but a network spokeswoman denied that, and pointed out that Guthrie just signed a five-year contract. Insiders say NBC chairman Andy Lack—who also poached Greta Van Susteren from right-leaning Fox—plans to use Kelly to make a philosophical shift at the network and its cable outlet, MSNBC. “It seems the network wants to take a more conservative tone,” says another source. (An NBC rep says Lack is only interested in “more good journalism.”) At Fox, meanwhile, Kelly’s combatively pro-Trump replacement, Tucker Carlson, has nearly doubled her ratings
▪Mischa Barton says someone spiked her drink with the “date rape” drug GHB at her 31st birthday party last week, causing bizarre behavior that led the actress to spend the night in a Los Angeles hospital. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Barton’s West Hollywood apartment after she’d been seen stumbling around her backyard, screaming that her mother was a “witch” and the world was “shattering.” The Sixth Sense star agreed to be transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and said later she’d been informed she’d been given GHB. “This is a lesson to all young women out there,” Barton said. “Be aware of your surroundings.”
▪Kim Kardashian may never reclaim most of the $5 million in jewelry she lost in October when a gang allegedly broke into the reality star’s Paris residence and robbed her at knifepoint. Accused ringleader Aomar Ait Khedache reportedly told police all the pieces were me lted down and sold—except Kardashian’s 20-carat diamond ring. “Everyone was afraid to sell it because it’s a stone that’s very easily spotted,” said Khedache, who is one of 10 people charged in the crime.