Megyn Kelly’s troubled hour of the NBC Information flagship “Right this moment” present has been canceled because the Peacock Community continues to cope with backlash surrounding it is now former host’s latest “blackface” remarks.
“’Megyn Kelly Right this moment’ is just not returning. Subsequent week, the 9 a.m. hour can be hosted by different TODAY co-anchors,” an NBC Information spokesperson advised Fox Information.
The announcement got here as Kelly’s authorized staff is in on-going talks with NBC Information to barter her exit from the community — she is midway by means of a three-year mega contract that pays her $23 million each year.
The high-paid host’s rocky tenure at NBC is coming to an finish after she made remarks about blackface on Tuesday throughout a phase about controversial Halloween costumes.
“However what’s racist?” Kelly requested in a stay panel dialogue. “Since you get in bother should you’re a white one who places on blackface on Halloween, or a black one who places on white face for Halloween… again once I was a child that was OK, so long as you had been dressing like a personality.”
Kelly’s time at NBC has been suffering from controversy and low scores, as many business insiders felt the previous primetime cable information star was not a match for morning tv.
Kelly, a champion of the #MeToo motion, had additionally irked community honchos by taking on-air photographs at NBC for not hiring an impartial regulation agency to conduct an investigation into the tradition of the corporate amid refusing to air Ronan Farrow’s reporting and Matt Lauer’s termination for sexual misconduct.
“‘Megyn Kelly Right this moment’ is just not returning”
Fox Information realized that Kelly’s authorized staff was insisting on having Farrow accompany her to settlement talks. Kelly had publically sided with Farrow, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning story about now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct was spiked by NBC fits. All this has resulted in NBC Information chairman Andy Lack coming underneath hearth for his dealing with of sexual misconduct allegations.
An NBC insider feels Lack needed Kelly ousted for not toeing the corporate line — with the blackface remarks making a handy excuse to terminate her.
Kelly provided a heartfelt apology to open her present on Wednesday and obtained a standing ovation from the in-studio viewers. However Lack condemned Kelly’s feedback throughout a beforehand scheduled city corridor occasion for his information division workers on Wednesday.
Kelly’s first season averaged almost 2.four million viewers, 375,000 fewer than the “Right this moment” present 9 a.m. hour had earlier than she arrived.