Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer morning news at NBC, was ousted Friday from her "Today" program after her controversial on-air comments about blackface.
After "Megyn Kelly Today" aired a rerun on Thursday, rumors swirled that the host would be ousted from the network.
Echoing a report by NBC News, which cited a source presumably from within the network, TMZ said Kelly's lawyer Bryan Freedman wanted to meet with NBC executives to negotiate an exit on Friday. Kelly's nighttime news magazine Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly was a misfire as well, with NBC quietly pulling it off the schedule after just eight airings.
The announcement follows reports that Kelly was on the way out. That being said, Kelly's biggest errors were that she failed to acknowledge the racist history associated with blackface and posed such questions to an all-white panel.
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 live show was replaced Thursday and Friday with a pre-taped episode.
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Ever since she joined the "Peacock Network" in 2017, stories based on anonymous sources from the network have leaked to tabloids about how much Megyn Kelly is hated by her colleagues.
At issue, according to The Hollywood Reporter: the payout of the remainder of her multi-million-dollar contract, and the length of her non-compete clause, which will determine where she could go next. "Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character".
Then on February 1, 2017, NBC made the abrupt announcement: Hall left the network the day before, on the day her contract was up.
"Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween". "She is not ever coming back".
Other sources said that the Friday talks wound up being over-the-phone.