When it was announced Kelly would be making the move to NBC's 9 a.m. slot, Tamron Hall announced she would be leaving the network.
Then came this week's controversy about her offensive comments regarding blackface Halloween costumes.
"I defended the idea saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume it seemed okay".
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Reports that Kelly's show may be coming to an end first surfaced Thursday afternoon. Two people told The Washington Post that Megyn Kelly Today executive producer Jackie Levin was heard sobbing in an NBC office on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 - the day Kelly remarked about using blackface. "I don't want it to appear that I'm trying to be." she trailed off before telling ET, "I'll just say this to you, I intend to reach out to her, but I have not reached out to her yet". One worker called Kelly's on-air behavior, specifically her interactions with actress Jane Fonda, "very un-Today show like". "Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other "Today" co-anchors".
According to recent reports and a Friday morning retweet from The Today Show, Kelly will likely not be returning to NBC to host Megyn Kelly Today. Her live show was replaced Thursday and Friday with a pre-taped episode. A source revealed to People that the network had been reassigning Megyn Kelly Today workers to other roles. Kelly's Today colleagues Al Roker and Craig Melvin condemned her comments on Wednesday.
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Another source said that Kelly's show will be ending , but negotiations about the end date and other details are still underway. RadarOnline was the first to report that the singer is now in talks to take over Megyn's 9 A.M. segment on the Today show .
Kelly's newly-hired attorney Bryan Freedman reacted to Friday's NBC announcement with a statement of his own. "But no, I haven't reached out to her at this time".
"Listen, I have blackface 24/7 so it is never an issue for me".
And her ratings have been consistently down from what Today garnered in the 9am hour before Ms Kelly came on board.
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