Television October 26, 2018
NBC News Cancels ‘Megyn Kelly Today’
Megyn Kelly will no longer be anchoring the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show.
An NBC News spokesperson said in a statement, "'Megyn Kelly Today' is not returning. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other 'Today' co-anchors.”
Kelly is reportedly in a high-stakes battle to save her $69-million contract, and TMZ says she is demanding the network to pay the $50 million left on her deal.
Meanwhile, Megyn's attorney Bryan Freedman, released a statement to the New York Times saying, "Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing."
The newswoman came under fire while discussing “inappropriate and offensive costumes” on her show.
Broadcast News Sounds-Off on Megyn KellyView Story
“But what is racist?” she asked an all-white panel. “Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”
Kelly later apologized to colleagues via email, and on air, saying, "I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry... The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor... Thank you for listening, and for helping me listen, too."
Thursday and Friday's episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” were pre-taped.