Megyn Kelly won’t return to NBC after defending ‘blackface’ costumes

Megyn Kelly discussing exit with NBC News following controversial blackface comments

During her "Megyn Kelly Today" segment on the "Today" program this past Tuesday, Kelly hosted a panel that discussed Halloween costumes.

It was not the first time "Today" had faced this kind of drama: The shake-up reminded people of Ann Curry's disastrous 2012 exit, which many blamed partially on her co-host Matt Lauer. The fourth hour of NBC's venerable Today franchise that Kelly's show occupied will be hosted by other co-anchors from the show beginning next week, the network said.

Kelly's attorney, Bryan Freedman, was quoted as saying that "discussions about next steps are continuing".

The cancellation came four days after Kelly provoked a firestorm of criticism for asking on air why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong.

The network on Friday again aired a repeat of "Megyn Kelly Today" just as it did Thursday following this week's controversy. Al Roker and Craig Melvin strongly criticized Kelly's comments during the 7 a.m. hour of "Today" on Wednesday.

Thursday's live show was replaced by a pre-taped episode.

"Tamron is an exceptional journalist, we valued and enjoyed her work at "Today" and MSNBC and hoped that she would decide to stay", a statement from NBC said.

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Kelly is in the middle of the second year of a three-year contract, which reportedly pays her more than US$20 million a year.

"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".

An NBC News article published Friday cited a source not authorized to speak publicly.

At issue, according to The Hollywood Reporter: the payout of the remainder of her multi-million-dollar contract, and the length of her non-compete clause, which will determine where she could go next.

For the record, Megyn Kelly wasn't "defending blackface" as many of her critics accused her of doing.

Fox News' parent company, "New Fox", has a lineup that is working for it and a source close to Lachlan Murdoch, the company's CEO, said he is happy with the working order of things, according to Vanity Fair.

She continued, "And that conversation turned to whether it is ever OK for a person of one race to dress up as another - a black person making their face lighter or a white person making theirs darker to make a costume complete".

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