Backlash and criticism from Megyn Kelly's defense of using blackface for Halloween costumes continued into Wednesday, leading to reports that her NBC show, and her future at the network, could be in doubt, CNN reported.
Kelly apologized in an internal email and on her Wednesday show for questioning why wearing blackface would be offensive, but that mishap may just have been the proverbial last straw for Kelly's up-and-down run as host of "Megyn Kelly Today."
From CNN's Brian Stelter:
"A person familiar with the matter confirmed that to CNN Business and said Kelly's show will be ending. Negotiations about the end date and other details are still underway, the person said.
Kelly's offensive remarks about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday have raised more questions about her future at NBC. Spokespeople for NBC News declined to comment, and most staffers at the news division remain in the dark."
CNN's report pointed to the fact that instead of standing by Kelly in the midst of controversy, NBC allowed other "Today" hosts such as Al Roker and Craig Melvin criticize her on air.
Not the right fit?
This all goes back to the criticism that has followed Kelly since she first signed her massive $69 million contract with NBC after becoming a star at Fox News.
Her morning show has had its share of controversies and uncomfortable moments during its run, leading to questions about why Kelly was being used in such a different role than the edgy conservative news segments she was known for at Fox News. Stelter writes:
Some people in the TV business said Kelly was given bad career advice. Others said NBC was unrealistic about expectations for her show. And still others said Kelly's talent was not easily transferable from Fox to other networks. ... On the air, Kelly's morning show has notched some wins — her show has been full of fascinating conversations and candid interviews. But it is still a ratings laggard. And the blackface controversy reinforces the perception — to the public at large — that Kelly is a Fox News personality, not a member of the "Today" show family.