Megyn Kelly skips out on her NBC show after Blackface comments

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly will not be back on NBC after this week's controversy over her comments about blackface, TMZ reported Thursday.

The NBC source did lament the fact that Kelly will depart the network with every penny of her $69 million contract.

According to a source close to the situation who spoke to Hollywood Reporter, Kelly finds it questionable that NBC aired an episode of a Real Housewives of NY cast member wearing blackface, when she has faced such severe backlash for her defense of blackface for Halloween costumes. "When I was a kid it was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Kelly made a tearful apology on her show the following day, but that didn't stop the backlash that followed. The woman said she was getting one to two emails a week requesting autographed pictures or political analysis (when they weren't hate letters) and it picked up after Kelly moderated the first GOP primary debate in August of that year.

She met with NBC executives within the past month about dissatisfaction with the show's direction, according to a person close to Kelly who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss personnel matters. "Well, I was wrong and I am sorry", she said.

NBC staff reportedly spoke with human resources Wednesday, making it clear they were "disgusted" by Kelly's comments. Audiences were equally unexcited about Megyn Kelly Today. "We are just working out timing of the announcement but mark my word - she is gone and will never be seen on NBC live again".

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Before Brunt won her over, Kelly was married to Dr. Dan Kendall from 2001 to 2006. The insider says that NBC is now questioning Kelly's future on the network.

The appointment of Kelly's attorney comes as the anchor has parted ways with her agency, CAA.

E! News has reached out to NBC and Megyn's team for comment. 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. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Kelly is leaving NBC altogether.

Mediaite reports that after she pushed back on NBC's handling of Farrow's story, over the next few weeks, Kelly's relationship with NBC "soured".

They also do not know how they are going to handle her exit from Today and where she goes from there. Kelly was the number one host on Fox News, a network she left amid a storm of sexual harassment allegations against the then network president, Roger Ailes, including allegations made by Kelly herself.

It's unimaginable. Where would they put her?

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