US journalist Megyn Kelly loses talk show after blackface remark


The network announced Friday that other "Today" show anchors will replace her in the 9 a.m. hour, bringing an end to "Megyn Kelly Today".

TV host Megyn Kelly won't be returning to her NBC show after comments she made about blackface Halloween costumes prompted outcry online. Others were doubtful she could make the transition from a hard-edged cable news host to the lighter fare of a morning show.

And yet despite all that, NBC paid her a jaw-dropping sum to ditch the conservative Fox News and take up shop with the network, offering Kelly a reported $69 million for a three-year contract.

The status of her conversations with the network about her departure are still in progress, according to two people familiar with conversations who were not authorized to speak publicly. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.

In this September 21, 2017, file photo, Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show, Megyn Kelly Today at NBC Studios in NY.

NBC did not spare the host from negative coverage on "Nightly News", "Late Night" and "Today".

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Kelly's attorney, Bryan Freedman, said that Kelly "remains an employee of NBC News" and that "discussions about next steps are continuing".

'I hear Megyn misses the news, ' Murdoch said, sources close to Kelly and Murdoch told the Beast. She said it was inappropriate for children and, therefore, inappropriate for radio play. The show's ratings got off to a slow start, with Kelly attracting a smaller audience than the when her predecessors, Tamron Hall and Al Roker, hosted the 9 a.m. hour. "Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character".

In her apology, she said she listened to the criticism and has decided that the practices are racist.

Kelly apologized for the comments on Wednesday's show.

Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel on October 2, 2018 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in terrible ways by racists in this country it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise". Even if she never lands another job - she reportedly wants to return to Fox News, but the network seems unwilling to hire her back - that is more money than most people will ever see in their lifetime. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.