Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was sacked from her morning show today after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for white people to wear blackface at Halloween.
If Megyn Kelly had omitted the word "blackface" when maintaining there's nothing offensive about a white person dressing up as a famous black person on Halloween or vice versa, she'd be fine now.
Even before the controversy, Kelly had struggled in the ratings, often losing out to her competitors at ABC, a talk show hosted by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.
Yet another source said that if NBC keeps Kelly, it would be "an Ann Curry situation, where they try to save face and give her some fake job when everybody knows she'll never be seen again at 30 Rock". Another source who was not authorized to speak publicly was cited in the report as saying Kelly's representatives are scheduled to meet Friday with company executives and it looks "extremely unlikely" that she'll stay.
Kelly has reportedly expressed interest in returning to Fox News, but the network indicated to Deadline it might not welcome her back. "But I also think that it is partially the fault of the people who hired her because Megyn's record, how she feels about things, she says she's not PC".
"She made some mistakes and now she's suffering the consequences of those mistakes", Lemon told Chris Cuomo at the end of his show on Thursday. Kelly's Today colleagues Al Roker and Craig Melvin condemned her comments on Wednesday.
Kelly's attorney, Bryan Freedman, said that Kelly "remains an employee of NBC News" and that "discussions about next steps are continuing". The new role would involve her in hard news stories rather than morning show fare. "$23 million per year".
In a statement, the network news division said the show won't return, a decision that follows fallout from Kelly's on-air comments about blackface. "Blood coming out of her wherever". She has accused Fox co-founder Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. Ailes died in May 2017.