NBC airs 'Megyn Kelly Today' reruns amidst blackface controversy

Oct 26, 2018, 01:38
NBC airs 'Megyn Kelly Today' reruns amidst blackface controversy

"Megyn Kelly Today" has drawn smaller audience than what "Today" was drawing in the timeslot.

Her absence came two days after she angered "Today" viewers and NBC colleagues by defending blackface Halloween costumes.

Kelly discussed the origins of her creatively spelled name with the website NameCandy in 2009.

The decision to retain a lawyer may signal a lengthy battle over her contract, which is reportedly valued at $23 million a year. "It's disgusting and heads should roll here because of it", the source said. Inside sources report that Kelly will leave her 9 a.m. segment when the current season wraps up in December. She moved to NBC for a reported annual fee of just under $20m.

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"Where do you think Megyn Kelly would be happier, as part of big breaking news or forced to cover light-hearted stories that traditionally work at 9 a.m.?" the source close to Kelly said. A person familiar with the matter tells Variety that Kelly departed CAA because the agency also represents NBC News president Noah Oppenheim.

On Thursday, the network pulled "Megyn Kelly Today", and ran a rerun of a show from August. "There was no material difference to our buys when they shifted from "Today" to 'Megyn Kelly Today'".

"Megyn Kelly is done".

"What is racist?" Kelly said. Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween.

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She said it was acceptable when she was a kid when portraying a character. Lauer was well-liked at NBC, and the staff and talent became royally pissed off at Kelly because they felt she was attacking Lauer "with glee".

And Kelly has been openly challenging the news division's management, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, for months.

NBC representatives said they had no comment beyond the discussion of why Kelly wasn't on the air Thursday. In 2015, a Pittsburgh woman named Megan Kelly made headlines after she started getting an influx of emails meant for the then-Fox News host.

Kelly issued an emotional apology on her show Wednesday: "I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry".

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The journalist, who got her start as an attorney, said that when she was "a little girl", born in IL and then raised in upstate NY, "I hated the non-traditional spelling because I wanted the monogrammed mugs, plaques, and other things with the name on them - always spelled 'Megan.' Now I like the unusual spelling, and some of our viewers tell me they've actually adopted it for their own little 'Megyns'". "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in very bad ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise". "Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday I learned. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense", she declared.