Megyn Kelly’s “Today” show is over after she crossed a line on air during a new episode segment where she wanted to discuss political correctness that has” gone amuck” when it comes to Halloween costume choice, according to CNN. Kelly was joined by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager and Jacob Soboroff, as well as TV host Melissa Rivers, to discuss the strict rules on what may or may not be worn because they’re too offensive or labeled inappropriately.
Native Americans, Nuns, Cowboys, or Mexican anything, were examples of costumes discussed as being offensive according to the student union at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. The University is pushing to ban several costumes because they find them too offensive, which prompted the discussion on “Megyn Kelly Today.” Kelly then went on to question what can and can’t be considered racist, because white people who put on blackface, or black people who put on white face for Halloween, get in trouble, which she said was never an issue when she was growing up.
“But, what is racist? Because truly, you 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. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” Kelly said live on air.
The comments she made about blackface were controversial and the backlash caused the network to cancel her show. A source close to her said her talent agency has also split with her. Another source said she has retained a lawyer, as she is negotiating an exit deal with NBC and is exploring partnering with United Talent Agency. Do you think she will return to NBC?
The NBC Chief issued a statement regarding the cancellation of Megyn Kelly’s ‘Today’ show, by stating, “There is no other way to put this: I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them.”
Kelly is a former corporate defense attorney, before she became an American journalist, political commentator and news anchor at FOX News from 2004-2017. She then left Fox News to join NBC News, which led her to her program titled “Megyn Kelly Today” in September 2017. She signed a 3-year contract of $20 million per year, but due to the cancellation, the network will now pay out the remainder of the contract, totaling $69 million, according to the Daily Mail. Kelly has a history of making inflammatory comments and her show has faced on air issues and low ratings, leaving many to wonder if NBC finally found a way to out her for good. There have been tensions between Kelly and NBC News management for months, some of it relating to her aggressive coverage of the #MeToo movement, including scandals at NBC, according to Page Six. Some call the canceling of her shows “too harsh.”
Her controversial comments were from her Oct. 23 episode, and the next day, she received a standing ovation from her studio audience after apologizing for her comments about blackface. “I want to begin with two words: ‘I’m sorry,’” she said at the start of her show. “Yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes, and that conversation turned to whether it is ever okay for a person of one race to dress up as another — a black person making their race lighter or a white person making theirs darker, to make a costume complete,” She said.
“I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful, and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay,” she continued. “Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry,” Kelly added.
Her apology wasn’t enough, because her apology would be the last time the network aired her show. On Thursday, instead of airing a new episode of “Megyn Kelly Today,” NBC aired a rerun.
With the cancelation of her show, many are wondering what Kelly will do next. Do you think she will go back to politics? The segment was a way to discuss how some people have gotten too politically correct when it comes to Halloween costumes. She stated that cultural appropriation of any group of people have historically been oppressed in America. She went on to finish by saying that she “can’t keep up” with the number of people she offends by just being “normal.”
Megyn Kelly’s exit shouldn’t come as a big surprise, because she now adds to the list of people who have been fired recently and or have had a show cancelled after making offensive comments. Read the full story from CNN here.