This morning, NBC News host Megyn Kelly is in talks with the network about her imminent departure, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Kelly's transition from Fox News to her own 9 a.m. hour as part of the "Today" show has been anything but smooth, and Tuesday's incident doesn't help.
On Tuesday, she defended Real Housewives of NY star Luann de Lesseps' Diana Ross Halloween costume, saying, "Who doesn't love Diana Ross?". She then spoke about how white people who put on blackface and how black people who put on whiteface "get in trouble", but that it was "okay" when she was a kid as long as they dressed as a character.
Megyn Kelly, NBC news anchor and host of "Megyn Kelly Today", speaks onstage with Alyson Shontell at IGNITION: Future of Media at Time Warner Center on November 29, 2017, in New York City. What has been really overlooked in all of this is how she invited commentators Roland Martin and Amy Holmes onto her show to discuss the history and negative impact of blackface. "To all my great colleagues, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you". "I don't. I'm not a Pollyanna girl, but I do feel that this is a rough time for her". She once threw a temper tantrum at the idea of a black Jesus or Santa Claus, called Michelle Obama a "baby mama", and said that the black community has a "thug mentality". By Wednesday morning, NBC co-hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin were criticizing Kelly for her remarks, and were adamant that their co-anchor owed an apology to people of color at large.
"What is racist?" she asked a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff and Melissa Rivers.
"This is a history going back to the 1830s", Roker continued. To demean and denigrate a race wasn't right. "Rather than creating a teaching moment for everyone, NBC chose to shame her", McManus said. And whatever her next destination is, let's hope she'll go back to her roots and do what she does best; sharp, sometimes biting, political analysis. "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in terrible ways by racists in this country it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise". "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry", she wrote.