Bring back Tamron Hall is what many fans are saying after NBC host Megyn Kelly said that using blackface on Halloween is not racist.
On Tuesday morning, Kelly sat down with a group of TV personalities including Jenna Bush Hager and Jacob Soboroff to talk about the drama caused by Luann de Lesseps.
The Real Housewives of New York star stirred controversy when she used blackface to look more like singing legend and actress Diana Ross.
The former Fox News Channel darling said she did not have an issue with Caucasian people darkening their skin to look like a character.
Kelly confessed: “But what is racist? You truly 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.”
Kelly went on to say: “Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”
While many guest-panelists tried to point to Kelly that it was not appropriate to wear black makeup, she kept marching with her opinion on the matter.
The reporter said: “People said that was racist and I don’t know, I felt like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wanted to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
Kelly concluded by: “I can’t keep up with the number of people that we’re offending just by being normal people.”
Kelly is trending on social media for her views, and many are asking for Al Roker and Miss Hall to come back.
One person said: “WTF it’s never ok when was she a child 100yrs ago. Megyn Kelly makes $23 million per year and is currently the highest paid news anchor on television. Her ratings are 18% lower than the show she replaced hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker.”
Another commenter stated: “We stopped listening to this white woman’s opinions before she even had one. No one cares what she thinks. Please, white parents, teach your children about institutionalized racism, so they don’t grow up to be Megyn Kelly.”
Megyn Kelly wonders what the big deal is about blackface pic.twitter.com/07yvYDuAYe
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
This lady shared: “Not going to lie. Thought that was Ann Coulter for a solid 15 seconds. It is time to end this ridiculous @megynkelly experiment and pay her to leave the network. This is not only tone-deaf, but she’s also flat-out racist. I was not raised to think blackface was ok and I’m 46, from a small town in PA.”
This fourth viewer stated: “And this is another reason I no longer watch @nbc Hiring her and getting rid of @tamronhall is about as racist as a network can get, well until she shows her true white supremacy!”
Kelly has issued an apology to her staff members, and it read: “Dear friends & teammates-
One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views.
When we had the roundtable discussion earlier today about the controversy of making your face look like a different race as part of a Halloween costume, I suggested that this seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example. To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up asDiana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?
I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.
I’ve never been a “pc” kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity, and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion.
I’m honored to work with all of you every day.
Do you miss Hall? What do you think of Kelly’s comments?