Megyn Kelly Out at NBC After Blackface Comment

39;TODAY' Anchors Sound Off on Coworker Megyn Kelly's 'Blackface' Comments During Morning Broadcast

"I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful, and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay", she continued. 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.

Did Kelly deserve pushback? Yes. "You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes".

Kelly added that she "now" realizes that it is "indeed wrong" and that "the history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent, the wounds too deep".

Guess that's how the cookie crumbles when you have low ratings and say racist things!

That apparently wasn't enough to stop the turmoil within the network sparked by her comments. Usually there's some sort of damage control in the form of a statement or apology or a swift punishment, and you move on and try to forget that it ever happened.

Kelly made a tearful apology on her show the following day, but that didn't stop the backlash that followed. "Late Night" host Seth Meyers and writer Amber Ruffin had a skit mocking her. 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.

It is unclear how the comments will affect Megyn Kelly's part on Today.

"It's amusing what NBC were trying to do here", said Cassino. Kelly secured top Hollywood litigator, Bryan Freedman, to represent her. NBC has not responded to Yahoo Entertainment's request for comment and has only said, "Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week".

NBC quietly announced earlier this year that her Sunday show would return "periodically".

Still, for NBC, it's a big blow, especially given her reported $69 million contract.

After NBC's reluctance to run Farrow's Harvey Weinstein exposé (which ultimately ran in the New Yorker), Farrow, 30, and NBC News Chairman Andy Lack engaged in a public dispute. And Lack condemned her comments at an 11 a.m. town hall meeting. The program's bumpy start last September included an awkward interview with Jane Fonda in which Fonda criticized her for bringing up her plastic surgery, Debra Messing declaring that she regretted going on the show and a cameraman cursing after he accidentally walked into frame. "Megyn Kelly became the star of the 2016 election in the media because she was the one person on Fox News who was willing to call out Trump and willing to call out Roger Ailes".