Megyn Kelly will not be headed to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, but the rest of NBC's top talent will be there.
An insider called it "embarrassing" for the Fox News-turned-NBC host.
Megyn will stay behind in New York City and will essentially captain "Today" from Rockefeller Center.
"This is incredibly embarrassing for Megyn," an NBC insider told Fox News. "Anybody who's anybody at NBC goes to the Olympics."
The decision to keep Megyn stateside is particularly interesting because she's reportedly the highest-paid personality on NBC, raking in $23 million annually.
"It is odd that NBC News would leave its highest-paid host at home," The Hill media columnist Joe Concha told Fox News. "Megyn's ratings are improving a bit as the show has focused on the sexual harassment issue, but she could still use the kind of exposure and interviews you only get when physically at the Olympics."
In years past, though, NBC has always left one of its larger personalities to man the ship in New York City during the Olympics. In 2014, Hoda Kotb stayed in the Big Apple while the majority of the team was in Sochi for the Games. In 2016, while the team was in Rio, Savannah Guthrie stayed in New York.
Megyn will be joined in New York by Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager, neither of whom are being sent to South Korea.
There are theories as to why Megyn isn't being sent to Olympics.
"I sense that NBC feels Kelly could be a lightning rod and distract viewers from the feel-good nature of Olympics coverage," media analyst Jeff McCall said.
Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch said Megyn deserves to go based on her journalism credentials but suggested that perhaps she made the call herself: "Traditionally, NBC brings its highest-profile people [to the Olympics]," he said, "particularly on their morning shows."