During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals". "Because you get in trouble if you're a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween... back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing like a character".
The news comes after it was revealed the controversial host had taken a leave of absence after she hit headlines for defending the use of blackface for Halloween costumes earlier this week. Her future with NBC remains uncertain. NBC aired reruns of her program on Thursday and Friday.
"I didn't want to do it at this time, I don't want her to think that I'm trying to get an interview or I'm trying to capitalize or exploit it", she explained.
Jerry Martin, general manager at KPRC, an NBC affiliate based Houston, said he felt Kelly had a hard task in moving from Fox News. Co-host Al Roker said Kelly's email apology was inadequate. With Kelly and Ryan, and couldn't even match the ratings of Hall and Roker's third Today hour. By comparison, the hour of the "Today" show that aired before Kelly's declined only 3 percent during that time, and ABC's competing show, "Good Morning America", went down by only 6 percent. We all knew it was about playing out the worst, grossest stereotypes of black people. "And that's what the big problem is".
"There was some criticism yesterday online that this was political correctness run amok", co-host Craig Melvin added. "You could hear her through the floor", one staffer said.More news: Saudi crown prince breaks silence on "painful" Khashoggi case
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O'Brien (center) said as she presented the TV host (left) with the Community Champion Award. One worker called Kelly's on-air behavior, specifically her interactions with actress Jane Fonda, "very un-Today show like". I have never been a PC kind of person but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity.
"I defended the idea saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume it seemed okay".
Kelly's lawyer Bryan Freedman was scheduled to meet with executives to negotiate an exit, though it wasn't clear when the meeting was scheduled for. She was genuinely asking why specifically on Halloween is putting on blackface offensive if the intention was to be respectful and not racist.
Kelly also stated to a panel of white people, "What is racist? And when we acknowledge that, then we can learn and grow from it". And while Kelly's departure might be shocking due to NBC's massive investment in Kelly - a $23m annual salary and a coveted role on Today - it was seemingly inevitable. Sources told both outlets that Kelly was interested in taking on a role in the network's cable news department, but it's unclear if that will come to fruition.