NBC Makes it Official: 'Megyn Kelly Today' Is Over

Megyn Kelly

Amid growing controversy over Megyn Kelly's racially insensitive comments about blackface, NBC News has announced that it has canceled Kelly's 9 a.m. hour of the Today Show, Megyn Kelly Today.

In a statement, the network news division said the show won't return, a decision that follows fallout from Kelly's on-air comments about blackface. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other "Today' co-anchors", an NBC spokesperson said.

So where did NBC and Kelly go wrong?

Kelly has been in the spotlight this week following her controversial blackface remarks that resulted in her being pulled off the air amid widespread backlash. On occasion, she outperformed fellow former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in the ratings, and she had been seen as key to helping the network attract younger viewers. The reports also suggest that Kelly may be out at NBC altogether. Her three year contract - said to be worth $69 million- came with two shows: a weekday morning talk show and a Sunday evening newsmagazine. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn't air Ronan Farrow's stories about disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and allowed him to take the material to the New Yorker. "Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments". She has accused Fox co-founder Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. Ailes died in May 2017.

Kelly added that it was "OK" for white people to wear blackface on Halloween when she was a young girl. Others were doubtful she could make the transition from a hard-edged cable news host to the lighter fare of a morning show. "But I think she clearly stepped in it, she made a bad mistake, and I was surprised she would make a mistake of that kind".

In addition to calling out Ailes' behavior and asking a tough question of then-candidate Donald Trump during a GOP debate, Kelly covered Matt Lauer's sexual harassment scandal, and invited one of his alleged victims on her show. Her audience gave her a standing ovation, but disappointment inside NBC News runs deep and isn't likely to fade anytime soon.

"In addition to her being a colleague, she's a friend", he said.

Lahren should consider why she finds it so unreasonable that a news anchor in a position of prominence should be held accountable for how she does that job.

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