Megyn Kelly’s Show on NBC Is Cancelled After Host’s Controversial Blackface Comments

Megyn Kelly’s Show on NBC Is Cancelled After Host’s Controversial Blackface Comments

Megyn Kelly’s Show on NBC Is Cancelled After Host’s Controversial Blackface Comments

The network on Friday again aired a repeat of "Megyn Kelly Today" just as it did Thursday following this week's controversy over her comments about blackface.

Kelly had signed a $69m contract that saw her take on a short-lived news show Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly where she interviewed figures such as Alex Jones and Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to a "Today" show report on Friday, NBC executives and Kelly's representatives were in negotiations about her departure and her remaining three-year $69 million contract. The report also added that Kelly had separated from her talent agency.

Her comments prompted criticism online, even among her fellow NBC colleagues. In an earlier statement, NBC said, "Given the circumstances "Megyn Kelly Today' will be on tape the rest of the week". Kelly later apologized, saying in an internal NBC email that "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry".

"NBC executives should be honest and admit that they were looking for a way to get rid of Kelly and seized upon her "blackface" Halloween story to do so", Donahue continued. "Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character".

"The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments". "She said something stupid. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too". 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. The cancellation follows months of the host's missteps, awkward moments and a racially insensitive defense of blackface Halloween costumes. 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.

Time magazine, which honoured "The Silence Breakers" as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as its leader in the entertainment field. "And when we acknowledge that, then we can learn and grow from it".

Donahue called out what he perceived to be a double standard at NBC in a lengthy statement on Friday.

Kelly made her debut as NBC morning TV host on September 25, 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot of "Today" and saying she wanted viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day".

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