Exit looms for Megyn Kelly after racism comments
Updated: NBC anchor said to be negotiating exit following comments about blackface.
NBC News and US anchor Megyn Kelly are in talks about her leaving the network, after she defended the use of blackface during Halloween.
“What is racist? 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,” she said during a segment. “When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up like a character.”
Following a backlash on social media and from NBC colleagues, Kelly apologised on during her show, Megyn Kelly Today.
“I’m Megyn Kelly and I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” she said. “I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”
But NBC has since switched Live episodes of Megyn Kelly Today to repeats.
Kelly is reportedly negotiating her exit from the network where she is paid $23 million per year (AU$33m) , and has a three year deal signed in January 2017.
Today show veteran Al Roker, said, “She owes a bigger apology to folks around the country of colour.
“This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It wasn’t right.”
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said, “There is no other way to put this: I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them.”
Updated: NBC has since cancelled Megyn Kelly Today.