Megyn Kelly's future at NBC uncertain after blackface remarks

Toby Graves
October 25, 2018

Megyn Kelly Today aired a taped re-run Thursday during its 9 a.m. hour of the Today show and plans to do the same on Friday.

Kelly's comments were reported on both "NBC Nightly News" and "Today", leading to much speculation that NBC News executives hoped to put a spotlight on the controversial rhetoric as a way to separate with the veteran journalist.

She was criticized for questioning whether blackface is racist in a "Today" show segment this week.

"Reports suggest she's on her way out and will be paid her full contract, but she won't be returning to NBC anytime soon", Daniel Cassino, associate professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University who authored the book Fox News and American Politics, told the Guardian.

NBC reportedly fired Megyn just moments ago.

The decision to retain a lawyer may signal a lengthy battle over her contract, which is reportedly valued at $23 million a year.

"The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense", she said in a tweet Wednesday.

I nearly didn't blog the blackface silliness last night, so trivial did it seem, but I'm glad I did given how quickly she was un-personed afterward.

Her ratings were poor and she was disliked in-house for various reasons - her leapfrogging homegrown talent to get her own show, her Fox pedigree, her #MeToo comments about NBC veteran Matt Lauer. "I'm old enough to have lived through Amos and Andy, where you had white people in black face playing black characters, magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people and that's what the big problem is..."

Kelly started her show on Wednesday by apologizing for the comments made the previous day. "Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday I learned".

In moving to a big network, she said that a politics-free morning show was something she was "born to do".

"I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry", she said.

"This past year has been so painful for many people of color". The show was canceled after just 8 episodes. "It's complicated. Now is as good of time as any to get rid of her". After all, Blackface was used in an extremely derogatory and negative way in entertainment's past and really has no place in 2018 or society in general. I'd love to consider this a victory, but she's going to walk out with a check and more job offers somewhere else.

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