Megyn Kelly's awkward attempt to be the white Oprah

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Megyn Kelly's "Today" debut was as live as it gets on Monday, but her first morning out got mixed reviews, nearly immediately from the early responder news sites and on social media.

The Hollywood Reporter said Kelly's first episode "felt like something of a coming-out party for the new, warmer Kelly", which was very much in line with her intentions to host a show that was "light on politics but heavy on inspiration and fun".

The former Fox News primetime host and political maven kicked off "Megyn Kelly Today" with a monologue that quickly showed she's pivoting away.

In the first of many references to her memoir, Settle for More, Kelly explained that "more" now means "more time with my family, more joy in my life" and promised that her audience would "know who I am by the songs that I sing".

Her new NBC program appears to be as directionless as the first.

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If this show ends up being the same kind of stinker in the ratings as her last series, it's hard to say whether NBC will put up with much more of its multimillion-dollar investment. Monday's premiere of Megyn Kelly Today, which began with the Will & Grace peg, featured a friendly segment in which she joked with and hugged fellow Today anchors as well as two giveaways - one to a Will & Grace superfan and the other to Sister Donna Liette, a nun who does charity work in Chicago.

"We have the entire cast of "Will and Grace" here live, along with the show creators".

Answering a question from the audience, she said, "my biggest challenge is the alarm clock".

Of her cable news anchor days, she said it "was good, until it wasn't".

If you were expecting Megyn Kelly to pour over Donald Trump's latest tweets on her new morning show on NBC, you've come to the wrong place.

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