Megyn Kelly Won’t Be on the Today Show Much Longer
Megyn Kelly’s blackface comments made the rounds earlier this week, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has been considering cutting her from the Today show lineup for some time. The magazine reports that NBC had planned on canceling Kelly’s 9 a.m. hour, Megyn Kelly Today, before the end of 2018 and her most recent comments only made the decision easier.
THR adds that NBC doesn’t have any clear plans on what to showcase instead of Kelly during her time slot, but notes that both Kelly and the network have had trouble deciding exactly what she was supposed to cover. She wanted to include more politics and hard news, but the Today show — and the 9 a.m. hour specifically — is usually a place for softer headlines. It was an experiment, after all, and Entertainment Tonight reports that Kelly and NBC News chairman Andrew Lack had already discussed ending the show. Kelly has attempted to bring harder-hitting news to her show, including coverage of the #MeToo movement and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. However, her most recent comments about blackface seemed out of touch and insensitive to the current climate.
“What is racist?” she said. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
Her Today colleague Al Roker responded, saying that Kelly “owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country.”
Even before Kelly made the move to morning TV, critics wondered how she’d adjust her style to a new audience. After exchanging barbs with Donald Trump and building a reputation for being a tough interviewer on Fox News, it looks like she couldn’t blend her brand of journalism with the Today show’s expectations.