Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

NBC cancels Megyn Kelly's morning show

NBC cancels Megyn Kelly's morning show

NBC didn't address the status of Kelly or her multimillion-contract with the network.

Megyn Kelly was absent from her NBC News morning show on Thursday following this week's controversy over her comments about blackface, amid indications that her time at the network could be ending after less than two years. "I was born in the same decade as Megyn Kelly and do not recall blackface being acceptable anywhere, anytime", tweeted Alex Wagner of CBS News. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other "Today' co-anchors", NBC said. Farrow told reporters had no knowledge of the Kelly meeting a NBC or the request.

NBC News staffers were calling her show a "disaster" well before this latest controversy.

The article mentioned Kelly's "rocky run" at NBC since moving from Fox News and expounded on next week's programming.

However, Kelly was the one who looked bad after Jones released uncut recordings of his comments with Kelly - which exposed not only her lack of honesty toward Jones, but also deceptive editing tactics by her and her team. Her Sunday show was axed after just eight episodes.

Kelly's friend Eleanor McManus, a crisis manager who appeared on Kelly's show several times, argued that NBC's treatment of Kelly was retaliatory for her reporting on the #MeToo movement - particularly her attention to allegations against NBC and its stars.

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They say the costumes with fringe and makeshift headdresses are the equivalent of blackface. She is in the middle of the second year of a three-year contract, which reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year. "Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Kelly added that it was "OK" for white people to wear blackface on Halloween when she was a young girl. In its first year, Kelly's show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 viewers from the year before. "She is not ever coming back".

After widespread anger over her comments and reports that the House of Cards cast refused to be interviewed by her, she circulated an internal email to her NBC colleagues.

Other sources said that the Friday talks wound up being over-the-phone.

She had an edge from the beginning of the offending segment, where she discussed Halloween costumes with a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Melissa Rivers and Jacob Soboroff.

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