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NBC Reportedly Cancels Megyn Kelly's Show After She Defended Blackface

NBC Reportedly Cancels Megyn Kelly's Show After She Defended Blackface

After drawing criticism for her recent comments about blackface, Megyn Kelly did not go live for her hour of Today on Thursday. So she offered an apology to her colleagues as well as to her audience the following morning.

During a segment about Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly defended the use of blackface while discussing a character on "Real Housewives of New York City" who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume.

These were not Kelly's first racist remarks.

The journalist, who got her start as an attorney, said that when she was "a little girl", born in IL and then raised in upstate NY, "I hated the non-traditional spelling because I wanted the monogrammed mugs, plaques, and other things with the name on them - always spelled 'Megan.' Now I like the unusual spelling, and some of our viewers tell me they've actually adopted it for their own little 'Megyns'". And it is unclear when or if she will return. "And I'm guessing all of Megyn Kelly's friends are white!"

Kelly has parted ways with her talent agency, CAA, according to the sources, and she has hired attorney Bryan Freedman.

Farrow recently accused NBC News of blocking his reporting on Weinstein, a charge that was denied by network chief Andy Lack. We've reached out to reps at NBC for comment. "She is not ever coming back", an NBC executive told The Daily Mail.

She is scheduled to participate in the network's midterm election night coverage in two weeks, but now that is up in the air. That was the plan, at least.

An official statement has yet to be made by the network. As more of her newsmagazine shows aired, those comments made Kelly look downright delusional.

At Fox News, Kelly, a lawyer, had distinguished herself over 12 years as a sometimes prosecutorial interviewer who did not shy away from third-rail topics.

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Kelly seemed in over her head as soon as she got to NBC.

And people said that that was racist.

Kelly started her new venture on May 1, 2017. At NBC she would need to be friendlier, peppier, warmer...

Kelly's NBC show has been on thin ice lately after receiving consistently low ratings.

JPMorgan Chase pulled its ads from the show following Kelly's interview with Infowars founder Alex Jones. They'd dropped more than 30 percent, year-to-year, in her time slot. From 9-10am there was essentially a third hour of The Today Show featuring the B-Squad hosts talking about fluffier topics.

"The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county", he said, as reported by The Hill. Then she'd still have a job.

Kelly didn't appear on "Today" on October 27, and a repeat episode was aired instead.

Which tells you something about where the media's social priorities are. Furthermore, NBC has long had a policy against having sponsored integration in a news-focused program like The Today Show.

The blackface thing is a pretext, a "socially acceptable" reason for ending the Kelly experiment at NBC abruptly. "I just want what is best for her and her family". In the spirit of Halloween, Kelly and her panellists tackled the issue of contentious costumes.