Megyn Kelly's time on the "Today" show may be coming to an end, new reports claim days after she landed in hot water for defending blackface live on air.
Variety reported on Wednesday evening that Kelly and NBC News executives have been holding conversations about a new role for her. Kelly reportedly had been lobbying to leave the morning program to be more involved with political coverage and the 2020 presidential election - prior to the blackface scandal.
Kelly opened her show Wednesday morning reading a prepared apology after defending blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday - a segment which resulted in immediate backlash.
Kelly fought back tears during the emotional apology.
“I’m Megyn Kelly. And I want to begin with two words — I’m sorry,” Kelly began.
“You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes, and that conversation turned to whether it is ever okay for a person of one race to dress up as another — a black person making their face lighter or a white person making theirs darker… I defended the idea.”
She added: “I was wrong and I am sorry. One of the great parts of sitting in this chair each day is getting to discuss different points of view. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday I learned. I learned given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”
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