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Megyn Kelly is reportedly out at NBC after backlash over controversial blackface comments


Posted October 25, 2018 0:31 AM
Megyn Kelly is reportedly out at NBC after backlash over controversial blackface comments

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  • Megyn Kelly is departing NBC after making controversial remarks about blackface during a segment earlier this week, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily Mail and Page Six.
  • Kelly defended blackface during a segment about Halloween on Tuesday.
  • She later apologized, but has faced widespread criticism throughout the week.

Megyn Kelly is departing NBC after making controversial remarks about blackface during a segment earlier this week, multiple sources confirmed to Daily Mail.

"Megyn Kelly is done. She is not ever coming back," an NBC executive familiar with the situation told the Daily Mail. "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."

A source familiar with the matter also confirmed to Page Six that Kelly is out at NBC.

Kelly defended blackface during a segment on Halloween on Tuesday.

"But what is racist? You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween," she asked her panel at the time. "That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character."

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Kelly later apologized but continued to face a slew of criticism.

"I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry," Kelly wrote in an email to colleagues. "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep."

In an emotional monologue to open her show on Wednesday, Kelly gave an extended apology, saying "I was wrong and I am sorry." She added:

"I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been so painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided. And I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity, and honor. And I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too."

NBC Chairman Andy Lack decried Kelly for her original remarks during a town hall meeting on Wednesday.

"There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks," Lack said, according to a transcript obtained by The Daily Beast. "There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate."

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Kelly's NBC colleague Al Roker expressed similar sentiments on Wednesday, stating, "While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right."

Kelly, one of the most recognizable faces in media, has made racially charged comments in the past. In 2013, she controversially insisted both Santa Clause and Jesus Christ were white.

"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change," she said on Fox News at the time.

With the $69 million three-year salary NBC reportedly lured Kelly from Fox News with, it's unclear how much she could get from her contract.

NBC didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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