Megyn Kelly is off the ‘Today’ show, negotiating NBC exit
On Thursday, Megyn Kelly was absent from her show following controversial comments she made about wearing blackface on Halloween.
Megyn Kelly is off the Today show, and she isn't coming back.
Both CNN and the New York Times are reporting that the Kelly won't be returning to Megyn Kelly Today and is negotiating her exit from the network following controversial comments she made about wearing blackface on Halloween.
"Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week," an NBC spokeswoman said.
Bryan Freedman, an attorney hired by Kelly, is scheduled to meet with NBC executives on Friday to negotiate an exit deal a little more than a year after she left Fox News and signed a three year, $69 million deal with NBC. The New York Times reported staff members were told they would be moved into new positions if Kelly's program is canceled.
"Megyn Kelly is done," an unnamed NBC executive told the Daily Mail. "She is never coming back. 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."
Kelly, who replaced Temple graduate Tamron Hall back in June 2017, was condemned by her Today show colleagues for questioning why people would consider a white person dressing up as a black character racist on her show Tuesday morning.
"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," Kelly said. "Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character."
Kelly's comments were criticized widely within NBC both on and off the air. Longtime Today show weatherman Al Roker said that while Kelly apologized to NBC staff in an email hours after she made the comments, she "owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country." And Late Night host Seth Myers mocked Kelly for suggesting blackface was acceptable because she grew up with it.
"Wow, say what you want about Megyn Kelly, but she looks great for being 200 years old," Myers quipped during his Wednesday night broadcast.
Kelly's boss, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack, called out her blackface comments during a midday staff meeting on Wednesday held at Saturday Night Live's studio, 8H.
"There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks," Lack said. "There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them."
There were also a string of cancelations from her show following her blackface remarks. Among those who pulled out were cast members from Netflix's House of Cards, actor Gary Sinise and director Ron Howard.