Megyn Kelly prepares for aggressive NBC legal fight amid blackface controversy
- Author: Kyle Peterson Oct 26, 2018,
Oct 26, 2018, 0:36
According to a source close to the situation who spoke to Hollywood Reporter, Kelly finds it questionable that NBC aired an episode of a Real Housewives of NY cast member wearing blackface, when she has faced such severe backlash for her defense of blackface for Halloween costumes.
"You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween". On Wednesday, she delivered an on-air apology in the opening minute of her 9 a.m. show - "I'm Megyn Kelly, and I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry".
On the Tuesday episode of her show, Megyn Kelly made racially insensitive remarks that caused a backlash. According to The Hill, Kelly will not appear on her NBC show today, and the exit negotiations are underway because of this and other issues that have existed around the show.
Thus far, no advertisers have come out with statements against Kelly or have said they are boycotting the show. "There was no material difference to our buys when they shifted from "Today" to 'Megyn Kelly Today'". "Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week". Plus, people who've watched the show have always commented that she seemed bored, which I believe, because overall, her show seems boring. Kelly and Brunt then got into a huge fight and she wasn't sure if she ever wanted to see him again. Furthermore, NBC has long had a policy against having sponsored integration in a news-focused program like The Today Show.
Creative Arts Agency, Kelly's agent, has reportedly dropped her as a client as well and she's said to have hired an attorney, which could signal a looming fight about her contract, which is estimated at $23 million per year.
Kelly defended people who don blackface costumes for Halloween.
"I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry", Kelly wrote in an apology letter, according to the reports. NBC covered the controversy at length on "Today" and "NBC Nightly News".
When it was on, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, was a disaster in the ratings department.
Early in 2018, there were signs that Kelly and NBC were not on the same page.