NBC unveils plan to replace Megyn Kelly

27 October, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Heather Diaz
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"Megyn Kelly Today" is not returning.

Megyn Kelly's troubled hour of the NBC News flagship "Today" show has been canceled as the Peacock Network continues to deal with backlash surrounding it's now former host's recent "blackface" remarks. Sources told both outlets that Kelly was interested in taking on a role in the network's cable news department, but it's unclear if that will come to fruition. She debuted her softer-edged NBC morning show "Megyn Kelly Today" by saying she was "kind of done with politics for now". She last appeared on her show on the network on October 24, apologizing at the top of the segment for her comments the previous day about blackface and white face.

Multiple factors explain Kelly's impending exit from NBC. 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 Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to the New Yorker.

Those statements caused her own NBC colleagues to turn on her.

On Wednesday, she opened her live show with a mea culpa.

"Megyn Kelly Today is not returning", a statement from a spokesperson read.

But let's be clear: NBC wanted to rid themselves of Kelly for the longest time and they seized on this gaffe as an opportune moment to do so.

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Kelly added that it was "OK" for white people to wear blackface on Halloween when she was a young girl.

Kelly made her debut as NBC morning TV host on September 25, 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot of "Today" and saying she wanted viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day".

One of the issues executives need to work out is if they have to pay out the rest of her $69 million, multiyear contract.

As Kelly began having trouble booking A-list guests to her show, she began booking victims of sexual harassment and assault - a topic that reminded viewers of her celebrity status back when candidate Donald Trump attacked her over the question she asked him a GOP debate about vile ways in which he had described women over the years. Hope she comes back to Fox'.

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

Kelly apologized for her comment on the air the very next day, but it appears as though it was the final straw for NBC. "It's disgusting and heads should roll here because of it".

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