Megyn Kelly's Show Officially Over at NBC Following Blackface Controversy

Yolanda Curtis
October 27, 2018

Earlier this week, Kelly sparked widespread criticism by defending the use of blackface as part of Halloween costumes during remarks on the show.

Kelly, once a star at Fox News, had long nurtured ambitions of moving out of the conservative news bubble and into the top tier of mainstream broadcast personalities, with aspirations of becoming a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose.

"I felt like, 'Who doesn't love Diana Ross?'" she said. Her book title suggested she wanted to "settle for more".

In her show, she had offended celebrities including Jane Fonda and Debra Messing, expressed support for fat-shaming and cast doubt upon women coming forward with sexual assault allegations, stating that the #MeToo movement had "expanded to the point of ridiculousness by some". So let's rewind and dissect the comments that derailed her show. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn't air Ronan Farrow's stories about disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and allowed him to take the material to the New Yorker. At the time, her contract at Fox was up for renewal and she said she was searching for new opportunities.

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Multiple factors explain Kelly's impending exit from NBC.

Kelly dug her professional grave on Tuesday morning during a panel discussion about some colleges discouraging students from wearing stereotypical costumes. "Only the truth will set you free!"

Having fired her agents, Kelly is now taking advice from three white men. Now her agent is out and she has no show.

After "Megyn Kelly Today" aired a rerun on Thursday, rumors swirled that the host would be ousted from 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.

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"Megyn Kelly Today is not returning", NBC News reported, citing its own spokesperson.

"Megyn made a mistake, and she apologized for it immediately".

"In addition to her being a colleague, she's a friend", he said.

According to several online reports Megyn's show has been cancelled. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.

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The rumors raged in early 2017 that the "Today" show lineup was primed for a shake-up. Kelly interviewed the "InfoWars" founder and popular conspiratorial talk radio host in an interview in which she tried to grill him on some of his more controversial claims.

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