NBC cancels "Megyn Kelly Today" after blackface controversy

NBC cancels

After outrage - including by some of her high-profile NBC colleagues - Kelly opened Wednesday's show with an apology to viewers and hosted a discussion with two black panelists about her comments.

But Kelly did not appear on Thursday morning; instead NBC aired a taped version of "Megyn Kelly Today".

Kelly formally apologized, but the comments' timing could affect her exit from Today and where she moves next - or if she moves at all.

"Sources confirm to that Kelly will not return to NBC airwaves".

During a segment on Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly said dressing in blackface was acceptable when she was a kid if portraying a character, and expressed sympathy for a character in "Real Wives of New York" who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume.

"There is no other way to put this: I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them", Lack said, according to Deadline.

But of course, Megyn Kelly wouldn't care about that, because she has a long history of saying really awful race-related things, saying sexist things when it was convenient to do so (i.e. when it wasn't about her or her experiences), and the occasional dash of homophobia.

Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt
Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt | Ben Gabbe Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

It is unclear if she will remain with the network in a lesser role.

News of Kelly's blackface comments lit up social media Tuesday and after public outcry and disappoint expressed by fellow NBC anchor Al Roker, Kelly apologized for what she said.

"I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value of being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity", she said. Craig Melvin said her comments were "racist and ignorant".

She also fired her talent agency CAA, citing conflicts of interest, and signed with UTA before being dropped nearly immediately by that firm as well, according to reports. Friday episodes of her show are usually pre-taped.

Farrow recently accused NBC News of blocking his reporting on Weinstein, a charge that was denied by network chief Andy Lack. But it was hard for Kelly, who joined NBC from Fox News, to make the transition.

Before Megyn made the jump to NBC, she was earning $8 million a year at Fox. But according to the Daily Mail, the morning show host "is done" with the organization. That was the plan, at least. As more of her newsmagazine shows aired, those comments made Kelly look downright delusional.

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