Megyn Kelly Out at NBC

Megyn Kelly and NBC News have begun exit negotiations, signaling that the star anchor’s brief tenure at the network is likely coming to an end, people familiar with the matter said.

Ms. Kelly, host of the hourlong show “Megyn Kelly Today,” which airs weekdays in the 9 a.m. hour, came under fire for remarks this week that were viewed inside and outside the network as racially insensitive. On the Tuesday edition of Ms. Kelly’s morning show, a discussion about Halloween turned controversial when she suggested putting on a “blackface” as part of a costume isn’t necessarily racist.

“Today” cast members Al Roker and Craig Melvin strongly criticized Kelly’s comments during the 7 a.m. hour of “Today” on Wednesday. Two hours later, Kelly started her show by apologizing to the audience. Her audience gave her a standing ovation. But staffers at NBC were not as forgiving. Two years of bitterness and back-biting about Kelly has come to a head.

Numerous NBC News staffers were calling her show a “disaster” well before this latest controversy. And there have been tensions between Kelly and NBC News management for months, some of it relating to her aggressive coverage of the #MeToo movement, including scandals at NBC.

Spokespeople for NBC News declined to comment on Kelly’s future at the network on Thursday. Most staffers at the news division remain in the dark about what’s happening with the show. And it’s not yet known who or what will replace her at 9 a.m. weekdays. Kelly’s impending departure from NBC has led to speculation that she might return to Fox. Fox News responded to the guessing game with a short statement on Thursday: “We are extremely happy with our entire lineup.”

 

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz