Al Roker Schools Colleague Megyn Kelly After Inane Commentary On Blackface

Oct. 1 2018 on Megyn Kelly Today

After taking a drubbing from Twitter yesterday, Megyn Kelly faced a new round of criticism Wednesday morning when her colleagues had some choice words for her on NBC's TODAY show.

After her apology, Roland Martin and Amy Holmes joined her to explain why Kelly's comments were so hurtful to African-Americans.

"But what is racist?"

According to PEOPLE, during the morning show's 7 a.m. hour, Roker, Craig Melvin and Savannah Guthrie all spoke about the incident and Roker did not hold back his feelings. He continued, "I'm old enough to have lived through 'Amos and Andy, ' where you had white people in black face playing black characters, magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people and that's what the big problem is". When the subject of racist costumes came up, Kelly asked, "But what is racist?" and added when she was growing up, blackface was OK "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

She later brought Luann de Lesseps, a star on The Real Housewives of NY, who drew criticism past year for dressing up as Diana Ross. She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day? It's like we have, he's a historical figure that's a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that'.

Kelly, who left Fox News in 2017 and began hosting her daytime talk show "Megyn Kelly Today" on NBC, issued a similar apology in an email to colleagues Tuesday.

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If you find yourself asking the same question about blackface as Kelly, consider reading this Huffington Post essay written by Dr. Leonard, a professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University.

He added, "I think that "Nightly" covered the story well ... appropriately so", and that the "Today" "team did an excellent job covering it properly ..."

Kelly has since apologized for questioning if it's racist to do blackface on Halloween, as well as her comments about a Diana Ross costume. "It's not okay anymore to say I didn't know, you can't say that anymore, ever".

After being dragged on the internet all day, Kelly apologized in a statement saying, "I've never been a "pc" kind of person-but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age".

"I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry", she wrote.

The most interesting thing about the fallout was how many people at her own network, even her own show, leaped to stomp her over it. "She said something indefensible". This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. "Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry". "Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too".

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