Head writer of NBC's 'Megyn Kelly Today' reportedly fired after accusing management of 'abusive treatment'

TEDx Talks/YouTubeKevin Bleyer gives a speech at a TEDx event.
  • Kevin Bleyer, the head writer for NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” was fired after accusing two executive producers of bullying and abusive behaviour.
  • He reportedly wrote an email to his former colleagues which chronicled the alleged offenses.
  • Megyn Kelly did not appear to be directly implicated in Bleyer’s emails.

The head writer for NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” was reportedly fired after complaining about “dysfunctional management” and “abusive treatment” from the show’s co-executive producers, according to a Daily Mail report Thursday.

A lengthy email written by head writer Kevin Bleyer painted the picture of a hostile work environment where “the show’s management regularly scapegoated junior members of staff,” and where co-executive producers Jackie Levin and Christine Cataldi created a “toxic and demeaning environment,” the email claimed.

Bleyer’s message, which chronicled the alleged offenses day-by-day, was reportedly sent to his former colleagues. It further notes that he notified NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and the human-resources department about the alleged problems at work.

“On Wednesday 1/3, when I offered politely that Megyn wouldn’t have to wait for a rewrite if Jackie could review the affiliate promos prior to the show (as per the workflow), Jackie called me a ‘f—ing whiner,'” Bleyer wrote. “It was not said as a joke. It was unwarranted, and unjustified, and abusive. And unacceptable.”

Bleyer recorded incidents spanning 24 days in total.

A source familiar with the situation appeared to confirm to the Daily Mail some of the sentiments shared behind the scenes.

“The working environment on Megyn Kelly Today is completely toxic,” the source said in the report. “It is hypocritical that a show that has positioned itself as a safe place for those who are victims, has staff that feel like they are being harassed and abused.”

“Megyn harps on about people having a voice and shining a light in dark places, so that’s what Kevin did,” the source continued. “Here’s the problem, Megyn’s show doesn’t practice what she preaches – you do that on her show, you get fired! It’s a joke.”

Megyn Kelly did not appear to be directly implicated in Bleyer’s emails.

An NBC spokesperson reportedly denied the accusations according to the Daily Mail: “Jackie and Christine are being attacked unfairly. They are both excellent and experienced producers, and have the full support of everyone here,” the spokesperson said.

“They, and the team, are fully focused on continuing the show’s momentum as it continues to climb in the ratings,” the spokesperson added.

The accusations come on the heels of the recent departure of Don Nash, the executive producer of NBC’s “Today,” and the firing of the show’s longtime anchor Matt Lauer, who was sent packing after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Read the email in full below:

Kevin Bleyer Email Full byBryan Logan on Scribd

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