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CNN’s Stelter: Megyn Kelly Was ‘Paid Too Much’ at NBC

CNN’s Stelter: Megyn Kelly Was ‘Paid Too Much’ at NBC

The 9 a.m. hour of the Today show is officially off the airwaves, NBC said Friday.

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. "And I think that what her boss said the other day is that this is just a really unfortunate situation, and you know that's their call to make".

Reports that Kelly's show may be coming to an end first surfaced Thursday afternoon. Kelly's lawyer Bryan Freedman released his own statement after NBC's, saying on Friday that "Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing".

Ms Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9am slot at Today and saying she wanted viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day". "But I also think that it is partially the fault of the people who hired her because Megyn's record, how she feels about things, she says she's not PC". And they ultimately expressed as much as Kelly was effectively booted from her hour of the Today show following her comments on using blackface for Halloween. "I'm Megyn Kelly and I want to begin with two words - I'm sorry".

As NBC continues to navigate through the fallout of Megyn Kelly's recent blackface comments during her ratings lackluster morning show, CNN anchor Don Lemon said that the network needs to look in the mirror to find the blame for Kelly. A source revealed to People that the network had been reassigning Megyn Kelly Today workers to other roles.

The announcement comes as Kelly is in talks with NBC News about her future at the network, which sources said were likely to include her leaving the company.

Her exit from NBC News is not official yet. "But I'm not going to be one of the ones piling on Megyn Kelly at this time".

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