Megyn Kelly has faced controversy in the past. She left Fox News because she did not like the “snake pit” of prime-time cable and Donald Trump often criticized her publicly. She never considered herself a political person and still managed to find herself amidst battles with political players. She moved to NBC to talk about issues with a more holistic approach. Her viewership numbers were not great especially when her contract is considered. The final blow for Megyn was her comment on air regarding the correctness of people including a “blackface” in their Halloween costume.
Megyn Kelly’s Comments Regarding “Blackface”
In late October, on her show, Megyn Kelly made this comment:
“But what is racist?” Kelly asked on her show. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
She faced immediate backlash on social media and people called for her termination. NBC immediately took her off the air to let the dust settle. They were not quick to terminate her and many people believe it is because her contract is worth about $20 million per year.
The Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, Andrew Lack had this to say, “There is no other way to put this: I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them.” Many believe Lack had to act more decisively with Kelly than he did with Matt Lauer. Lack was accused of being soft on Lauer before firing him. Andrew Lack was also criticized because he turned away Ronan Farrow, the reporter who was working on the Harvey Weinstein story. Farrow eventually went to the New Yorker with the story.
Megyn Kelly still has over a year on her contract and she is not going away without the money. According to the Daily Mail, Kelly’s contract is a “non-break deal” so she may be able to walk away with the full $69 million. Other sources report that she is in talks with Fox News negotiating a potential comeback.
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