Megyn Kelly will not return to 'Today'

Megyn Kelly and Gayle King

Megyn Kelly and Gayle King

The network announced Friday that other "Today" show anchors will replace her in the 9 a.m. hour, bringing an end to "Megyn Kelly Today".

Before she ignited controversy this week defending the use of blackface, Kelly and NBC News executives had reportedly been in loose talks to find her a new role at the company amid disappointing ratings from Megyn Kelly Today. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other "Today' co-anchors", NBC said. 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.

Kelly's hiring by NBC News in January 2017 made waves across the media industry in part for her sizable contract, reportedly worth $69 million over three years.

Kelly apologized for her comment on the air the very next day, but it appears as though it was the final straw for NBC. "Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too".

Her exit from NBC News is not official yet.

In Theron's new movie, which does not have an official release date yet, the Oscar victor co-stars with John Lithgow, who's playing Kelly's former Fox News boss Roger Ailes, and Nicole Kidman playing Fox News commentator Gretchen Carlson.

"An NBC spokesperson has finally said, "'Megyn Kelly Today' is not returning". She said it was inappropriate for children and, therefore, inappropriate for radio play.

Adding to the support was Fox News" meteorologist Janice Dean also weighed in on Twitter, writing: "My friend Megyn Kelly is not a racist. "Because Megyn's record, how she feels about things - she says she's not PC - it's there". She questioned why it had been considered racist when a character on "The Real Housewives of New York" darkened her skin for a Diana Ross costume.

Although Kelly issued an apology on her show the following day, she was eventually fired.

"I learned that given the history of blackface being used in bad ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise". The new role would involve her in hard news stories rather than morning show fare. Al Roker said "she owes a big apology to people of colour across the country".

Maybe it's just that the show often felt stiff and awkward ― a characteristic of the program that became the subject of a satirical daily Jezebel column, "Megyn Kelly Today, Today". "That's hard to overcome, and then especially moving to daytime, she had a number of hurdles to jump over".

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