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.
Kelly came under fire after her October 23 broadcast, when she said during a roundtable discussion of Halloween costumes that it isn't "racist" for white people to darken their skin with makeup, as long as they're portraying an actual person or character.
Wednesday morning he rebuked Kelly on the show, saying "The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country". Wednesday night, things got worse for Kelly when multiple outlets reported that her 9 a.m. Today hour is on the brink of cancellation. "Happy Friday!" Kelly said in the show's opening moment.
NBC has decided it's had enough of Megyn Kelly for one week. Questioning why the practice was racist, Kelly said, "Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character". "There is no other way to put this but I condemn those remarks, there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them". The news comes amid backlash and after talent agency CAA dropped Kelly as a client, although the conversations about ending her daytime show began before this week's controversy. "First day on the job @NBCNews!" she tweeted, posting a black-and-white photo of herself standing in front of NBC's peacock at the network's 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters.
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Kelly's remarks drew a rebuke from colleague Al Roker, who schooled her on the history of blackface in America. "She's toxic and her personal brand is finished", said one ABC exec. Throughout its run, "Megyn Kelly Today" has trailed the rival program "Live with Kelly and Ryan" by a significant margin. "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, Halloween or otherwise". "Very unfortunate", Lack reportedly told staff.
Kelly seemed in over her head as soon as she got to NBC.
Kelly also told Jones that she was a "combination of Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey and Larry the Cable Guy".