Rumors are flying that Megyn Kelly Today won’t be on the air for much longer, according to reports from Entertainment Tonight.
Kelly’s daytime talk show is likely to end after the conclusion of its current season, according to a report from The New York Times. Kelly’s recent insensitive comments over the use of blackface in Halloween costumes have appeared to been the final straw for NBC.
Kelly made the comments on Tuesday, and has since apologized, but may have created tensions that are irreconcilable between herself and her NBC colleagues. The report reveals that even before the incidents of this week, Kelly’s future was far from a sure thing, as Kelly and NBC News chairman Andrew Lack had held several conversations in regards to ending the show over Kelly’s unhappiness with the executives at NBC News.
Reports from The Hollywood Reporter have also fueled speculation that Kelly’s 9 a.m. timeslot on Today will be ending. The report also covers Kelly’s dissatisfaction with the content that she has been pushed to cover in her role, having spoken to executives about having more political topics on the show, using the example of the success the show found during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination.
It has been a tough week for Kelly’s Today career, with this news arriving just after it broke that the cast of House of Cards had pulled out of their scheduled appearance on the Wednesday edition of the show due to her comments about blackface. As a replacement, Kelly brought on a panel to discuss the statements she made.
Kelly has also been dropped as a client by the talent agency CAA.
It all stemmed from Tuesday’s episode when the topic of universities’ banning certain Halloween costumes was discussed. Kelly was the one who introduced the topic of people using blackface as part of their costumes.
“What is racist?” said Kelly. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
Kelly was seeking forgiveness on Wednesday, in tears as she apologized while saying that after listening to other perspectives she had changed her point of view on the use of blackface.
Kelly said, “I’m Megyn Kelly and I want to begin with two words — I’m sorry. You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes. And that conversation turned to whether it is ever OK for a person of one race to dress up as another, a black person making their face lighter or a white person making theirs darker, to make a costume complete. I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong and I am sorry.”
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