NBC cancels Megyn Kelly’s morning show


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.

Her attorney Bryan Freedman said Kelly is still an employee at NBC as of Friday, however.

In this September 21, 2017, file photo, Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show, Megyn Kelly Today at NBC Studios in NY.

On Megyn Kelly Today on Tuesday, while talking about offensive Halloween costumes, the host said that wearing blackface was considered OK when she was a kid "as long you were dressing up as a character". On occasion, she outperformed fellow former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in the ratings, and she had been seen as key to helping the network attract younger viewers. Farrow told reporters had no knowledge of the Kelly meeting a NBC or the request.

At the time there were already rumors of her show's demise.

Ms. Kelly's representatives did not give a comment to NBC News.

While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy.

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For those who need a refresher, Hall walked away from a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract in early 2017 after learning NBC planned to offer Kelly the show's 9 AM slot.

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.

It was not the first time "Today" had faced this kind of drama: The shake-up reminded people of Ann Curry's disastrous 2012 exit, which many blamed partially on her co-host Matt Lauer. "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween".

"To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this wonderful woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?"

According to several online reports Megyn's show has been cancelled. Her quick departure also meant she was not able to say goodbye on air. Her audience gave her a standing ovation, but disappointment inside NBC News runs deep and isn't likely to fade anytime soon. She famously declared on air at the cable channel that both Santa and Jesus were white.

Kelly earned fame as a longtime anchor for Fox News, notably sparring with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election campaign.