Kelly apologized Wednesday for the comments she made on her show Tuesday while discussing Halloween costumes. All that for wondering whether it'd be offensive for a white adult who sincerely admired a black person to dress up as them, replete with skin-darkening, as a tribute for Halloween. Sources with knowledge of the situation say that NBC News chairman Andy Lack disapproved of Kelly aggressively covering stories about sexual harassment on her show, particularly related to NBC and disgraced anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked last November.
Kelly was reportedly trying to transition into more news coverage rather than some of the lighter fare of a morning show, something she and the show have long struggled with.
Regarding reports of her departure, neither NBC or Kelly have issued statements on the matter. The Today host explained how she changed her opinion on blackface after listening to colleagues and friends.
The blackface thing is a pretext, a "socially acceptable" reason for ending the Kelly experiment at NBC abruptly. "Happy Friday!" Kelly said in the show's opening moment. Audiences were equally unexcited about Megyn Kelly Today. She would also have a Sunday show called "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly". Craig Melvin said her comments were "racist and ignorant".
"I learned that given the history of blackface being used in bad ways by racists in this country, it is not okay for that to be part of any costume", Kelly said.
After a disastrous tenure at NBC, Megyn Kelly is now fired.
With no apparent support from her colleagues, her boss or her representatives, Kelly stayed out of the fray on Thursday, leaving her future at the network very much in doubt. When NBC brought her over they paid her an enormously high salary, built her a $10m studio and let her bring all her own staff. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news.
"'Megyn" is the spelling on my birth certificate", Kelly told the website said in 2009.
JPMorgan Chase pulled its ads from the show following Kelly's interview with Infowars founder Alex Jones. And her suggestion for NBC to hire an "outside investigator" to look into Farrow's obstructed reporting on Weinstein probably wasn't popular among her bosses. NBC covered the controversy at length on "Today" and "NBC Nightly News". Her close examination of Matt Lauer, whom the network ousted last November following sexual misconduct allegations, ruffled feathers within the network.
Kelly jumped from Fox News Channel to NBC in early 2017, but it hasn't been a comfortable fit.
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