Megyn Kelly may have survived the backlash for her assurances to white children that “Santa Claus just is white,” but as the host of an NBC morning show, she’s finding out that her NBC audience is not like her Fox News friends.
On Thursday, an announcement was made that NBC will air previously recorded episodes of Megyn Kelly Today instead of having Kelly appear on new episodes, and talks of canceling the show altogether are underway.
The news follows Kelly’s apology on Wednesday for comments she made about white people wearing blackface.
‘You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.’
Megyn Kelly's NBC News show is reportedly in jeopardy of being cancelled amid growing backlash over her defense of the use of blackface. Kelly apologized Wednesday for the comments she made on her show Tuesday while discussing Halloween costumes. https://t.co/biaShwi85d pic.twitter.com/9fbJN8IZw5
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 25, 2018
Like many Fox News pundits have done in the past, Kelly used a common trope of insisting that certain things were just fine until people decided to start trouble over them, or in other words, “white people could be racist and live their lives without consequences until these troublesome black folks just had to complain.” That rationale does not work today and Kelly is feeling the backlash.
Al Roker on Megyn Kelly’s blackface apology: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” pic.twitter.com/nt7YhCRU18
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 24, 2018
‘Kelly will not be hosting her program on Thursday, and she is unlikely to return later, one of the sources said. Friday episodes of her show are usually pre-taped.
‘”Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week,” an NBC News spokeswoman said Thursday morning.’