"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'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.