NBC cancels Megyn Kelly's morning show

Carla Harmon
October 26, 2018

Kelly came under fire earlier this week for saying that she doesn't understand why blackface Halloween costumes are racist during a roundtable discussion on offensive costumes on her talk show, Megyn Kelly Today.

Days after Megyn Kelly set off massive controversy by defending blackface Halloween costumes, NBC News has confirmed that her morning show will not be returning.

It was questionable to hire Kelly in the first place, as she had a history of racist rants that predated her move from Fox News to NBC.

The high-paid host's rocky tenure at NBC is coming to an end after she made remarks about blackface on Tuesday during a segment about controversial Halloween costumes. Curry broke down in tears as she said goodbye on air: "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker: I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try!" It was just the beginning of what's since become a slew of controversies dogging Kelly since she joined the network. Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. "Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Kelly will not be hosting her program on Thursday, and she is unlikely to return later, one of the sources said.

After widespread anger over her comments and reports that the House of Cards cast refused to be interviewed by her, she circulated an internal email to her NBC colleagues.

Both NBC's Nightly News and the Today show did stories on her comment.

"The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country", Roker said Wednesday.

It's over for Megyn Kelly - at least in the third hour of the Today show.

In a statement of her own, Hall said "the last 10 years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I'm grateful". Kelly burnt bridges at Fox after she publicly discussed sexual harassment she said she faced from the late Roger Ailes, the channel's co-founder. "Rather than creating a teaching moment for everyone, NBC chose to shame her", McManus said. The two explained that in the USA, there is a long history of blackface used to mock and belittle black people.

A source told the AP that Kelly met with NBC executives within the past month to talk about dissatisfaction with the show's direction. Kelly is also allegedly enlisting journalist Ronan Farrow to join her in the meeting.

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