Megyn Kelly Out at NBC After Blackface Comment

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The comment generated plenty of backlash and Kelly issued an apology on Wednesday's show. She has apparently fired her talent agent and lawyered up for the forthcoming contract battle.

Instead, NBC aired a previously-taped episode of the "Megyn Kelly Today" show.

Kelly's remarks came on October 23, 2018, during a segment on Megyn Kelly Today while discussing Halloween costumes with a panel when she asked, "What is racist? Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character", she said.

Yet NBC's "Nightly News" and the "Today" show did stories on their colleague's comment.

In moving to a big network, she said that a politics-free morning show was something she was "born to do".

Another source said that Kelly's show will be ending, but negotiations about the end date and other details are still underway. Kelly is said to be uncomfortable with the lighter, fluffier style of morning TV.

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Kelly's very bad week started during a discussion about "politically correct" Halloween costumes on Tuesday. We've reached out to reps at NBC for comment.

The Journal reports her future with the network, not just her program, is in doubt.

NBC did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment. Here's what we know so far about the "Megyn Kelly TODAY" show vacancy!

Variety reported that Kelly was interested in taking on a new position within the network, but Kelly reportedly has a contentious relationship with NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.

That's a particular sore point with NBC's management.

A source tells the news outlet that NBC executives 'think it might be ideal time to give her Today time slot to Kelly, who has a huge fan base and is extremely well-liked and relatable'.

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Yet the likelihood that a news executive's comments before a roomful of journalists would remain secret is remote.

But what was more freaky than Kelly's gaffe was NBC's overt sabotage of their own employee.

Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by a perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with President Donald Trump during his campaign. Kelly later got into a dustup with Jane Fonda - by asking her pointedly about her plastic surgery - in what would eventually develop into a monthslong feud.

There were indications that the plans had come about quickly. The anchor typically pre-tapes her Friday broadcasts anyway.

The NBC host then brought up Real Housewives star Luann de Lesseps, who was criticized for darkening her skin for a Diana Ross costume. Her close examination of Matt Lauer, whom the network ousted last November following sexual misconduct allegations, ruffled feathers within the network.

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