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Megyn Kelly's Show Reportedly Ending After 'Blackface' Comment

Kelly won't be hosting Thursday's show, according to reports.

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UPDATE: Oct. 25, 2018 at 3:03 p.m. EST

NBC has confirmed that Megyn Kelly will not tape live shows for the rest of the week following controversial comments she made about blackface.

According to Page Six, Kelly is out at the network. Meanwhile, an NBC executive with knowledge of the situation, reportedly told DailyMail.com on Thursday: "Megyn Kelly is done. She is not ever coming back. We are just working out timing of the announcement but mark my word – she is gone and will never be seen on NBC live again."

ORIGINAL STORY

The backlash on social media was swift after Megyn Kelly questioned on her morning TV program on Tuesday whether or not using blackface for a Halloween costume is racist. "Megyn Kelly Today" is said to be on the chopping block.


Kelly's tone-deaf remarks:

"What is racist, because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween, or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid that was okay as long as you were dressed like a character."

The former Fox News anchor had conversations with NBC News executives about her taking a new role at the news division, a source told Variety. Apparently, the conversations about ending Kelly's show began before this week's controversy.

Meanwhile, two people familiar with the situation confirmed to CNN Business that the daytime show will be ending. The end date and other details are still being negotiated, and Kelly reportedly will not be hosting Thursday's program, and she is unlikely to return.

Related Story: Megyn Kelly 'Apologizes' for On-Air 'Blackface' Comment

Kelly joined NBC News in March 2017, ending her tenure at Fox, where she once slammed the suggestion that Santa Claus should not be a white man any more.

"Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa," she said, adding "And, by the way for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white… Jesus was a white man too."

That was kind of a red flag that NBC executives missed, or, most likely, chose to ignore.

"Today" show host Al Roker, who's had a longtime career at NBC, was outraged by Kelly's comments:

"The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country," Roker said.

"This is a history, going back to the 1830s [with] minstrel shows. To demean and denigrate a race wasn't right. I'm old enough to have lived through "Amos 'n' Andy" where you had white people in blackface playing two Black characters just magnifying the stereotypes about Black people. And that's what the big problem is. … No good comes from it. It's just not right."

The Conversation (8)
votetocorrect26 Oct, 2018
Megyn Kelly should have never been hired by any other station than Fox! Fox made her and put up with her racism, then sent her out in the world to spread it!
Mehki25 Oct, 2018

First, this isn't her first rodeo on blackface. So she's a liar.

Second, what on earth is she contributing to society? Why doesn't she have a real job? Why is she being paid to be on TV?

Third, there is no such thing as "white face", unless you're a geisha.

The only black people I've ever seen to anything like white face, was Godfrey Cambridge playing a white bigot who wakes up black in the movie, "Watermelon Man" (1970), and the hilarity(!) that ensues when he has to live as a black man and the Eddie Murphy skit on SNL - both biting satire on whiteness. And the silly Wayans' comedy movie, "White Chicks'"(which, despite the silliness, is also biting satire on whiteness).

Black people just wear the *#$@ princess Leia costume. They don't whitened their faces to sell it.

And fourth, she's knows blackface has never been acceptable. People are literally willing to appear dumb, stupid, uneducated, and ignorant to appeal to dumb, stupid, uneducated, ignorant racists.

E C25 Oct, 2018

She continues to show us that she is who we thought she was back when NBC chose her a, FoxNews commentator, over Tamron Hall, a talented Black woman. In her lukewarm apology, her reference to the blackface issuec as "pc" demeans the topic, dilutes its severity and demonstrates how little she knows or cares about being offensive to Black people. By the way, I had watched The Today Show for many years, but after the way that Ann Curry was treated, I "divorced" them and switched to Good Morning America.

25 Oct, 2018

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25 Oct, 2018

The problem with this woman and many others is the failure on so many levels to recognize that just because something was "ok" in the past didn't make it RIGHT. Slavery was OK, Japanese Internment Camps were OK. Denying women the vote was OK. Where is the recognition that they were NEVER OK?

Dawn25 Oct, 2018

The fact that she acted totally clueless makes me wonder how she got as far as she did in her career. You would have to live in a bubble to not realize how wrong it is to make statements like that. She clearly does not live in a bubble. I agree that she needs to apologize for much more than just the black face comments; Even if she did, I doubt it would be sincere. What would make her "I'm sorry" more legitimate is if she actually educated her self, and joined the struggle for racial injustice.

Joan millan25 Oct, 2018

it very hard to believe that a so-call top journalist didn’t do her homework before making that statement . Where she grow up at and maybe when school at was no interaction with Blacks. It's 2018 you’re in the news everyday,with all kinds of insensitiveness subject about minority not to have not did research. Please get the book “ WHITE RAGE” a best seller read it & remember treat people as you want to be treated. We’re ALL GOD children. Sorry you loss your talk program but there’s no room for what you said or did

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