Megyn Kelly was absent from her NBC News morning show on Thursday following this week's controversy over her comments about blackface, amid indications that her time at the network could be ending after less than two years.
Megyn Kelly wants to come back to Fox News, but it appears the network is saying no to the prospect, sources told Vanity Fair this week. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other "TODAY' co-anchors".
The news organization made the official announcement on Friday to cancel Kelly's "Today" segment. As she demonstrated on the very first day when she asked the superfan of Will & Grace, whose cast members were her guest that day, "Is it true you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of Will?"
The article mentioned Kelly's "rocky run" at NBC since moving from Fox News and expounded on next week's programming. In an earlier statement, NBC said, "Given the circumstances "Megyn Kelly Today' will be on tape the rest of the week".
Meanwhile, on "Today", Kelly's own colleagues took her to task.
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"Megyn Kelly Today is not returning", an NBC News spokesperson said.
But let's be clear: NBC wanted to rid themselves of Kelly for the longest time and they seized on this gaffe as an opportune moment to do so.
At issue, according to The Hollywood Reporter: the payout of the remainder of her multi-million-dollar contract, and the length of her non-compete clause, which will determine where she could go next. "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in terrible ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise", she said.
But Kelly's rise at Fox exhibited many warning signs of her views on race, which her colleagues at NBC have called problematic. Hope she comes back to Fox'.
She also talked about the backlash against "Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps for wearing a Diana Ross costume a year ago, and said, "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween". Kelly, meanwhile, is now negotiating her exit from NBC.
She had an edge from the beginning of the offending segment, where she discussed Halloween costumes with a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Melissa Rivers and Jacob Soboroff.