Megyn Kelly is in hot water with NBC executives for defending the idea of white people using blackface as part of a Halloween costume. She has since apologized but the entire situation has put her NBC show in jeopardy.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story:
Megyn Kelly Expected to End NBC Morning Show
Sources tell THR that Kelly has met with network executives in recent weeks to discuss the future of the show and expressed a desire to cover more news and politics. It’s unclear what NBC News would put in place of Kelly’s show. But the discussions are at least an acknowledgement that the experiment is not working and that Kelly would prefer to be covering more news as she did with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
Kelly has grappled with hard-news topics, including the #MeToo allegations against a series of powerful men. But her show is in a typically soft daypart, and she has often seemed to chafe at the lighter requirements of the job. Kelly met with NBC News chairman Andy Lack well before the controversy over her recent blackface comments erupted. But her clumsy comments about blackface on Tuesday’s Megyn Kelly Today — for which she apologized — have only exacerbated the situation.
The backlash was immediate. And the controversy was covered in segments on the NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt on Tuesday evening and also Wednesday morning on the flagship edition of Today. On NBC’s Today, Craig Melvin characterized her comments – in which she posited that it was acceptable to dress in blackface for Halloween if one were in character as a black person – “racist and ignorant.” Al Roker said that Kelly “owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country.” He reiterated the remarks on Twitter.
Where is she going to go next? She certainly can’t go back to FOX News.