NBC News Cancels Megyn Kelly Today Following Blackface Controversy

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News announced Friday that Megyn Kelly Today will not be returning.

Megyn Kelly's rocky tenure at NBC is ending following her controversial comment earlier this week defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes.

An NBC insider feels Lack wanted Kelly ousted for not toeing the company line - with the blackface remarks making a convenient excuse to terminate her. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.

She made news when interviewing women who accused Trump of inappropriate behaviour and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Bill O'Reilly, Roy Moore and Mark Halperin, as well as women who allege they were harassed on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, she opened her live show with a mea culpa.

Megyn Kelly speaks onstage during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit - Day 2 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, on October 13, 2015.

"'Megyn Kelly Today' is not returning".

Kelly's hiring by NBC News in January 2017 made waves across the media industry in part for her sizable contract, reportedly worth $69 million over three years.

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"Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing".

Maybe it's just that the show often felt stiff and awkward ― a characteristic of the program that became the subject of a satirical daily Jezebel column, "Megyn Kelly Today, Today".

Kelly was hired by the network less than two years ago in a bet that a more combative persona built at Fox News could be softened for the mainstream audience at the 66-year-old "Today" show.

However, Kelly was the one who looked bad after Jones released uncut recordings of his comments with Kelly - which exposed not only her lack of honesty toward Jones, but also deceptive editing tactics by her and her team.

In her show, she had offended celebrities including Jane Fonda and Debra Messing, expressed support for fat-shaming and cast doubt upon women coming forward with sexual assault allegations, stating that the #MeToo movement had "expanded to the point of ridiculousness by some". "Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character".

Kelly has also not commented on her contract or possible break with NBC publicly.

A pivotal meeting between Kelly's lawyer and brass at the Comcast-owned network was scheduled for today, but the writing has been on the wall for some time.

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