Kelly was reportedly trying to transition into more news coverage rather than some of the lighter fare of a morning show, something she and the show have long struggled with.
During a segment on Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly said dressing in blackface was acceptable when she was a kid if portraying a character, and expressed sympathy for a white woman on The Real Housewives of NY who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume. 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". "I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being normal people".
Kelly apologized for the comment in a letter to NBC staff, and later made an on-air apology on Wednesday at the start of her program.
"I was wrong and I am sorry", Kelly said. The host also did not shy away from reporting aggressively on sexual harassment stories that affected NBC News. "She's toxic and her personal brand is finished", said one ABC exec.
CNN reported Kelly might not be back at all. NBC colleagues quickly became her biggest critics when Craig Melvin called her comments "racist and ignorant" and Al Roker said she "owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country". Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen. Kelly - who reportedly makes $23 million per year - found herself in hot water with colleagues and NBC executives after making a comment about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday.
But what was more weird than Kelly's gaffe was NBC's overt sabotage of their own employee.
Now, NBC News chairman Andy Lack didn't exactly stick his neck out for his embattled host.
Kelly also told Jones that she was a "combination of Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey and Larry the Cable Guy".
Michael Kelly, who plays Doug Stamper on the streaming service's signature D.C. show, and showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson were set to promote the upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards, but canceled after Megyn Kelly's controversial comments defending blackface on Tuesday.