Megyn Kelly's past employer squashes rumors of a return to Fox News

Tanya Cunningham
October 27, 2018

"On 'The Kelly File, ' her Fox News show, the host said then-First Lady Michelle Obama's commencement address at Tuskegee University pandered to a 'culture of victimization'".

After a week plagued by controversy, Megyn Kelly's daytime talk show Megyn Kelly Today has been cancelled, just over a year after its debut, NBC news announced Friday.

After "Megyn Kelly Today" aired a rerun on Thursday, rumors swirled that the host would be ousted from the network. Friday the network confirmed her 9 am hour would never air again and would instead be backfilled by other Today talent.

Negotiations are ongoing regarding Kelly's exit from NBC, a person familiar with the situation said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to discuss the issue publicly.

The announcement comes just days after she was criticized for comments she made on her show in which she questioned why dressing up in blackface for Halloween is inappropriate.

The article mentioned Kelly's "rocky run" at NBC since moving from Fox News and expounded on next week's programming.

Meanwhile, on "Today", Kelly's own colleagues took her to task.

Kelly's friend Eleanor McManus, a crisis manager who appeared on Kelly's show several times, argued that NBC's treatment of Kelly was retaliatory for her reporting on the #MeToo movement - particularly her attention to allegations against NBC and its stars.

That did not play out well however, with one network source stating: 'We wouldn't hire her in a million years.

They say the costumes with fringe and makeshift headdresses are the equivalent of blackface. She is in the middle of the second year of a three year contract. "Because you get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween". The cancellation follows months of the host's missteps, awkward moments and a racially insensitive defense of blackface Halloween costumes.

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. 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.

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