That was fast
Two days after her controversial blackface comments, NBC may have already ended Megyn Kelly's show.
Megyn Kelly Today on Thursday aired an episode recorded in August, and NBC News said that re-runs would air for the rest of the week "given the circumstances," CNN's Brian Stelter reported. That's apparently referring to the controversy sparked by comments Kelly made Tuesday during a segment about Halloween costumes; Kelly had said that wearing blackface as part of a costume is not racist and suggested that those who think it is are just being too sensitive.
The backlash was immediate, and even Kelly's colleagues weren't happy — the hosts of Today called her comments "ignorant" and "racist." Kelly apologized for the remarks in an internal email Tuesday, and she issued another apology on-air Wednesday, saying, "I was wrong, and I'm sorry." Later on Wednesday, reports began to emerge that Kelly's show might be coming to an end. The Hollywood Reporter first wrote that it would be gradually winding down over the course of the year, and that Kelly would shift to a different role at NBC focusing on breaking news. The TV personality was reportedly already interested in ending her show in the near future, unrelated to her controversial blackface comments.
Now, however, CNN reports that Kelly's show might not return at all and her exit is "imminent," meaning Wednesday's apologetic broadcast may turn out to be her final episode.