NBC unveils plan to replace Megyn Kelly

27 October, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Megyn Kelly discussing exit with NBC News following controversial blackface comments

In it, Kelly complimented Fonda, who was 79 at the time, on her appearance.

"The costume police are cracking down like never before", she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable.

The announcement comes just days after she was criticized for comments she made on her show in which she questioned why dressing up in blackface for Halloween is inappropriate. "Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who put on whiteface for Halloween", she said. As she demonstrated on the very first day when she asked the superfan of Will & Grace, whose cast members were her guest that day, "Is it true you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of Will?"

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

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.

She also gained notoriety for insisting that Santa Claus was white and referring to a "thug mentality" within black communities that led to a hatred of police.

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Social media condemnation was swift, and Kelly apologised to fellow NBC staffers in an email later in the day. What has been really overlooked in all of this is how she invited commentators Roland Martin and Amy Holmes onto her show to discuss the history and negative impact of blackface.

But she had a bumpy road once she reached NBC. By comparison, the hour of the "Today" show that aired before Kelly's declined only 3 percent during that time, and ABC's competing show, "Good Morning America", went down by only 6 percent.

Kelly signed an approximate 3-year, $69 million contract with the network in late 2017, and ended up making about $25 million a year. And as The Hill's Joe Concha pointed out, NBC set her up to fail. At the time, her contract at Fox was up for renewal and she said she was searching for new opportunities.

She left that network early a year ago and joined NBC. Al Roker said "she owes a big apology to people of colour across the country".

"I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry", Kelly, visibly emotional, said at the top of her live-audience show Wednesday morning. At an NBC News town hall on Wednesday, chairman Andy Lack condemned Kelly's blackface comments.

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