Megyn Kelly’s NBC Today show is reportedly coming to a close by the end of the season amid backlash over her offense blackface comments.
As previously reported by Dearly, Kelly apologized for defending the use of blackface after growing criticism for her remarks on Tuesday’s show. 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 white face for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressed up as like a character.”
According to CNN, she reportedly apologized to her colleagues, however behind the scenes, the segment raised serious doubts about her future at NBC. The controversy follows two-years of tension between NBC staffers and Kelly.
Some associates reportedly referred to “Megyn Kelly Today” as a “disaster.”
Megyn Kelly wonders what the big deal is about blackface pic.twitter.com/07yvYDuAYe
— Tommy Xtophernobyl (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
CBS reports, co-host Craig Melvin said:
“She’s a friend. She said something stupid. She said something indefensible.”
As reported by The Hill, in an internal apology email to NBC staffers, Kelly reportedly wrote:
I am sorry.
I’ve never been a ‘PC’ [politically correct] kind of person, but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age.
Here's the email Megyn Kelly sent to colleagues today apologizing for her comments on blackface Halloween costumes pic.twitter.com/cOVW1QWJB6
— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) October 23, 2018
However, according to CNN, her show has suffered from poor ratings and controversies since its inauguration last September. Meanwhile, guests have pulled out of the show, following the looming controversy.
The “House of Cards” cast was scheduled to appear to promote the show’s upcoming final season. But following the media storm and outcry on social media, the cast canceled on Kelly, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
NBC did not immediately respond to the publication’s request for comment.
Networks executives are reportedly discussing a new role for the host that would involve politics and news.