Megyn Kelly’s co-workers at NBC were apparently not big fans of hers. And they ultimately expressed as muxh, as Kelly was effectively booted from her hour of the Today show following her comments on using blackface for Halloween.
Several NBC staff members spoke with media outlets after Megyn Kelly Today was reportedly was cancelled, revealing that they really just wanted the controversial TV journalist gone. Some encouraged NBC News chairman Andy Lack to simply pay Kelly the rest of her three year contract, which nets her 23 million dollars per year.
One employee told The Washington Post : “Everyone’s feeling is, even if you have to pay her[ the remainder of her contract], pay her. Andy, you can save face with this entire thing. Just get rid of her.”
Kelly is no stranger to controversial TV moments. Citing the host’s interactions with Jane Fonda, another staff member called Kelly’s on-air behaviour, “very un-Today show like.”
Kelly had previously fought with Fonda after the actress, who was a guest on Megyn Kelly Today, got upset when Kelly prodded her about plastic surgery.
Following the uncomfortable interview, Fonda told Variety she felt Kelly’s question was “inappropriate.”
In turn, Kelly delivered a biting monologue, taking aim at Fonda, her Vietnam war protests, and her nickname “Hanoi Jane.”
Unsurprisingly, one Megyn Kelly Today staffer revealed the host was reportedly unpopular for going off-script on her own show, saying : “We try to produce a segment and then she goes off the rails.”
Kelly definitely went off the rails on Tuesday, October 23rd , during a Megyn Kelly Today segment with Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff, and Melissa Rivers, during which the former Fox News host decided to debate the seriousness of wearing blackface on Halloween.
Kelly then went on to defend The Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps for dressing up as music icon Diana Ross for Halloween in 2017 something for which Lesseps herself has apologized.
The next day, following serious backlash, a clearly shaken-up Kelly apologized for what she’d said about the use of blackface.
Kelly continued, stating : “I learned that, given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.
However, her apology was apparently too little too late. Rather than air new hours of her show the remainder of the week, NBC instead broadcast pre-recorded shows.
On Friday, October 26th , NBC officially announced the show’s cancellation, stating : “Megyn Kelly Today is not returning. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other Today co-anchors.”
Beaking up is hard to do –but according to insider sources, the powers that be at NBC aren’t sad to see Kelly go. Revealing that NBC had been wanting to put an end to Megyn Kelly Today for quite some time , a source told Us Weekly : “This is not a recent development. NBC was practically waiting for a reason to end this show, and what Megyn delivered was a gift –an ‘out’, essentially.”