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"I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful, and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay", she continued.
Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn't air Ronan Farrow's stories about disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and allowed him to take the material to the New Yorker. However, Kelly spokesman Davidson Goldin told CNN Business that NBC has not been in touch with Kelly or her representatives.
Megyn Kelly will NOT be back on the air at NBC after her blackface remark, barring a major miracle.
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The host came under fire on Tuesday after suggesting that it was acceptable to wear blackface as long as it was part of a Halloween costume. "For me, as a lawyer, it's always better if you just send it outside".
Kelly's remarks came on October 23, 2018, during a segment on Megyn Kelly Today while discussing Halloween costumes with a panel when she asked, "What is racist?" "Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday I learned".
Kelly added that she "now" realizes that it is "indeed wrong" and that "the history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent, the wounds too deep".
"This past year has been so painful for many people of color. Very unfortunate", according to people present at the meeting. She faced criticism from the families of Sandy Hook victims for giving Alex Jones, who claimed Sandy Hook had some crisis actors, a platform on her show. She was No. 1 in her time slot, sometimes rivaling her colleague, Bill O'Reilly, as the biggest ratings draw in all of cable news. Then she'd still have a job.
Sammataro said he'd be surprised if Kelly walked away with her full contract, "unless she has an airtight provision". After all, Blackface was used in an extremely derogatory and negative way in entertainment's past and really has no place in 2018 or society in general. In her book, "Settle for More", Kelly reported that Ailes "made sexual comments to me, offers of professional advancement in exchange for sexual favors".