Megyn Kelly is out at NBC following a swift backlash to her remarks earlier this week on her morning show in which she defended wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume.
In a statement, the network said, “Megyn Kelly Today is not returning. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other Today co-anchors.” Kelly took to the air on Wednesday to issue a nearly tearful apology for her remarks, but on Thursday and Friday, NBC aired re-runs of her show as her fate at the network was negotiated behind the scenes.
Kelly’s comments sparked a strong reaction from social media as well as her colleagues at NBC, some of whom said the remarks were “stupid” and that she owed the country an apology. Kelly, 47, who rose to prominence hosting a show on Fox News and three years ago famously drew the wrath of then-candidate Donald Trump when she asked him a tough first question at a presidential debate, was signed by NBC less than two years ago for a huge payday. She reportedly has three years remaining on that contract and a total of $69 million still owed to her. It’s not clear whether she’ll leave NBC and be paid that full sum.
Kelly’s tenure at NBC has been rocky. Her show had been making news for more of the wrong reasons than the right reasons in recent months — both because of what was happening on camera and off-camera, according to reports. The show was also beleaguered by low ratings. TV ratings woes aside, though, NBC’s decision to fire Kelly represents a stunning fall from grace for personality who was one of the medium’s top rising star’s in recent years.
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