NBC cancels "Megyn Kelly Today" after blackface controversy

NBC cancels

NBC cancels "Megyn Kelly Today" after blackface controversy

NBC News declined to comment on Kelly's status with the network.

An official statement has yet to be made by the network.

Kelly's blackface comments earlier in the week that even her co-workers publicly declared were "ignorant" and "indefensible" seem to have been the last straw.

The comment was immediately characterized as a defense of the racist tradition of "blackface", in which a white person applies dark make-up to portray people of color in a derogatory way.

"But what is racist?" 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. According to Deadline, Kelly had been planning to leave CAA for UTA before this week's controversy, but after Tuesday, UTA is no longer interested in bringing her on.

In moving to a big network, she said that a politics-free morning show was something she was "born to do". "And I don't know, I felt like who doesn't love Diana Ross?"

"When I saw this headline I kind of laughed, and I said, 'This is so ridiculous".


The New York Post also confirms Kelly is gone, but reports more specifically that she has been fired. TMZ later reported that Kelly was ousted.

Her one-hour morning show has never caught on with viewers, except for a brief bump when she aggressively covered reports about sexual misconduct, and Kelly was said to be unhappy with the amount of lighter material expected of a 9 a.m. show.

Her apology was not enough to save grace.

Will you be watching? It goes back to the 1930s when Warner Oland played Charlie Chan. "I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry", she said. "Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday I learned". I defended the idea [of black face], saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay. "And then people can have more faith in it".

And Kelly has been openly challenging the news division's management, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, for months. "Very unfortunate", Lack reportedly said. "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.

Kelly's comments offended many, but chief among those was Today show stalwart Al Roker.

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