Don Lemon Says NBC Partly to Blame for Megyn Kelly Incident

As NBC continues to navigate through the fallout of Megyn Kelly's recent blackface comments during her ratings lackluster morning show, CNN anchor Don Lemon said that the network needs to look in the mirror to find the blame for Kelly.

Kelly began hosting her daytime talk show, "Megyn Kelly Today", on NBC after leaving Fox News in 2017.

Rumors of a possible return to Fox News were firmly shot down by an informed and high-level source at her former network on Friday, who told that Kelly 'is not coming back to any of the Fox News platforms'. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

After widespread anger over her comments and reports that the House of Cards cast refused to be interviewed by her, she circulated an internal email to her NBC colleagues.

Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year.

Despite the calm words, Page Six came out with some juicy details, including that Hall reportedly learned she was being replaced just before she went on air the Friday before. "Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too".

Now, her struggles at NBC have provided a cautionary tale for Fox News personalities looking to exit their sphere and enter another. So it appears she will not be returning to the show to say goodbye to viewers. "I think her representatives and management also did her wrong because they put her in a position that was not necessarily suited to her skill set". "Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character".

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. Kelly, meanwhile, is now negotiating her exit from NBC.

She brought up blackface during a segment Tuesday morning while holding a round-table discussion with an all-white panel about offensive Halloween costumes. The cancellation follows months of the host's missteps, awkward moments and a racially insensitive defense of blackface Halloween costumes.

In her apology, she said she listened to the criticism and has decided that the practices are racist.

Megyn Kelly remains absent from her NBC morning show while the company acknowledged on the "Today" show that her future with the network is in doubt. I have never been a PC kind of person but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity.

  • Kyle Peterson