Megyn Kelly’s departure from NBC’s Today show is imminent. Following Kelly’s controversial blackface comments, insiders claim it is only a matter of time before the network announces her exit. Kelly’s insensitive remarks hastened her firing, but sources say she was on the verge of leaving before the scandal made headlines.
“She didn’t want to leave NBC but was forced out by management,” a source dished. “This is only just beginning to sink in for Megyn because it happened so quickly.”
— CNN (@CNN) October 27, 2018
Kelly created a firestorm after discussing blackface on her segment with Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager, and Jacob Soboroff. Kelly defended people who use blackface on Halloween by saying it is only a part of their costume.
The segment went viral and received a ton of backlash on social media. She issued an apology the following morning and sent colleagues an email expressing regret for the comments. But the apology did not please everyone at NBC.
Al Roker slammed Kelly the following morning by saying she needs to apologize to “folks of color around the country.” The long-time meteorologist explained the history of blackface in America and how it was used to promote stereotypes starting in the 19th century. Although Kelly’s comments were out of line, insiders claim that it was only a matter of time before she got canned.
In fact, one source says that network executives were waiting for Kelly to slip up. Between Kelly’s behavior on set and her segment’s low ratings, NBC wanted her out as quickly as possible. The blackface comments provided them the perfect excuse to go after her, and staffers were surprised that her exit did not come sooner.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 28, 2018
Kelly has not responded to the reports of her impending firing. NBC aired a re-run of her segment on Thursday and is expected to make an announcement in the coming days. The blackface comments come amid Kelly’s history of saying borderline racist things on television.
During her tenure at Fox News, for example, Megyn Kelly commented that Jesus was white and Santa is as well.