NBC News officially announced the cancellation of “Megyn Kelly Today” on Friday and added that her time slot would be filled by former fellow “Today” show anchors.
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The news organization made the official announcement on Friday to cancel Kelly’s “Today” segment. Beginning Monday, NBC will feature other “Today” anchors.
The announcement, which was published on NBC News’ homepage, was titled, “Megyn Kelly will not return to ‘Today,'” and notes that Kelly’s future with the company is uncertain.
The article mentioned Kelly’s “rocky run” at NBC since moving from Fox News and expounded on next week’s programming.
“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” a spokesperson for the network said. “Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other [‘Today’] co-anchors.”
According to the report, Kelly is still reportedly in discussions with NBC executives regarding a future with the network, but sources said that Kelly was likely to leave the company.
Kelly’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, told Variety that Kelly “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.”
Kelly made controversial blackface remarks during the Tuesday airing of her show, in which she said she didn’t understand why a white person couldn’t darken their skin tone to go as black singer Diana Ross for Halloween.
Kelly added that it was “OK” for white people to wear blackface on Halloween when she was a young girl.
Kelly issued her first apology to her NBC colleagues on Tuesday night in an email in which she explained that the incident was a teachable moment. By Wednesday morning, NBC co-hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin were criticizing Kelly for her remarks, and were adamant that their co-anchor owed an apology to people of color at large.
During her Wednesday show, Kelly issued a lengthy and emotional apology to her audience and those tuned in from around the country.
On Wednesday night, a new report from The Hollywood Reporter emerged, claiming that Kelly had lawyered up for what some believed to be for a fight with the network. The report also added that Kelly had separated from her talent agency.
Kelly did not appear on television Thursday or Friday, as the network opted to run reruns in her absence.
A Thursday report from the Daily Mail noted that Kelly reportedly will “not ever” come back to NBC after the fallout.
The report added that Kelly is set to fight for the rest of her contract — about $69 million — and is in talks to return to her old stomping grounds at Fox News.
“Megyn Kelly is done,” one source, named as an NBC executive, said. “She is not ever coming back. We are just working out timing of the announcement, but mark my word — she is gone and will never be seen on NBC live again.”
“Here’s the worst part – her deal is a non-break deal – so she walks away with all that money,” the source explained. “It’s disgusting and heads should roll here because of it.”