NBC cancels "Megyn Kelly Today" after blackface controversy

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The scandal began on Tuesday's show when Kelly said she didn't understand why children couldn't wear blackface if they were dressing for Halloween.

'You do get in trouble if you're a white person who puts blackface on for Halloween, or a black person who puts whiteface for Halloween. Sources with knowledge of the situation say that NBC News chairman Andy Lack disapproved of Kelly aggressively covering stories about sexual harassment on her show, particularly related to NBC and disgraced anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked last November.

The former Fox News host apologized to her staff in an email later that day, and on Wednesday she made a public apology on-air. Kelly and NBC had been in talks about finding her a role at the network that was tied to bigger breaking-news stories and not to her morning program.

Thus far, no advertisers have come out with statements against Kelly or have said they are boycotting the show. When NBC brought her over they paid her an enormously high salary, built her a $10m studio and let her bring all her own staff. "Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week". But her initial outing on the network, hosting the political magazine show Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, received poor reviews and modest ratings. According to Deadline, Kelly had been planning to leave CAA for UTA before this week's controversy, but after Tuesday, UTA is no longer interested in bringing her on.

Multiple sources also tell the publication that Megyn has not been fired from NBC News.

She apologized within hours after the remarks stirred social-media outrage, but over the next 48 hours, even prominent NBC News personnel criticized her remarks. If people at Fox had issues with Kelly before, imagine how they'd feel if management shoved MacCallum or Bream aside to make room for her. "She is not ever coming back", an NBC executive familiar with the situation was quoted by the Mail as saying.

A decision about Kelly's future with the network, which secured a 3-year deal with her in January 2017 for a reported $69 million, is expected on Friday (though there is a lot of unofficial gossip that she's out). She is in the middle of the second year of a three year contract. "Well, I was wrong and I am sorry".

That's when she questioned why using "blackface" for a Halloween costume was considered racist or insensitive.

In an effort to convey a sunnier persona, Kelly danced awkwardly on the air with a "Today" show colleague, Hoda Kotb, to a Pitbull song.

In the next few weeks, NBC and Kelly's relationship soured.

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