Kelly absent from show following blackface comments

Yolanda Curtis
October 25, 2018

Earlier this week, multiple outlets reported that Megyn Kelly Today would be ending due to the brewing controversy, and CNN suggested that the cancellation would be imminent imminent. "I learned given the history of blackface being used in bad ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise".

And Kelly has been openly challenging the news division's management, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, for months.

Kelly stirred outrage on Tuesday during a segment in which she questioned why it was wrong for people to don "blackface" for Halloween costumes.

Her firing ends a disastrous one-year experiment marked by awful ratings and huge financial losses for NBC.

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Kelly, who is midway through a three-year contract, did not respond to a request for comment.

Kelly seemed in over her head as soon as she got to NBC. Stay tuned and refresh for updates. That's $23 million in annual salary.

The NBC morning show host, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is expected to wind down her 9 a.m. Today Show hour by the end of the season. "Just a disaster", wrote Fox News commentator Harlan Z. Hill. And she failed to make that clear on air. "First day on the job @NBCNews!" she tweeted, posting a black-and-white photo of herself standing in front of NBC's peacock at the network's 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters. "It was clear that it was not working and there is a lot of dysfunction". The anchor typically pre-tapes her Friday broadcasts anyway. "And then people can have more faith in it". On the subject of blackface, Kelly expressed, "What is racist?"

The stakes were very high for Megyn. From 10-11am, NBC would cut to "Kathie Lee And Hoda", an nearly entirely entertainment based fourth hour program.

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In October 2017, after the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment stories broke, Kelly's show became the site of discussions of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Enter Megyn Kelly Today. NBC lost a full hour of potential sales opportunities. "If Megyn is leaving, they better also be telling us that [executive producer] Jackie Levin is following her out the door", the insider said. Ratings of Kathie Lee & Hoda tanked right along with Megyn Kelly. They were hoping to bring some of her popularity. "Her limited tenure here has been an embarrassing joke".

It's unclear if NBC will be able to get out of paying Megyn for "cause" or some other violation of her contract. Everyone's being told that they still have a home here, but it won't be on Megyn's show.They haven't made an official announcement about the show, but everyone knows what it means when they're being moved somewhere else.

This news comes just as it was revealed late Wednesday that talent agency CAA had dropped her as a client. "She is not ever coming back", an NBC exec close to the situation told DailyMail.

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