NBC News ran a previously taped episode of Megyn Kelly’s morning program Thursday as executives determine the host’s future after the public and internal outrage over her on-air comments about using blackface on Halloween.
While NBC News has not publicly discussed the status of Kelly, the division issued a statement saying, “Given the circumstances, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ will be on tape the rest of the week.” The program typically airs live daily at 9 a.m.
In recent weeks, NBC News executives and Kelly have been talking about ending her morning program and giving her a new role in hard news coverage.
But the relationship between the network and its high-profile hire who came from Fox News deteriorated this week after a roundtable chat on her show in which Kelly questioned why the use of blackface on Halloween was inappropriate, igniting a major backlash on social media.
The flap is the latest controversy to hit Kelly’s ratings-challenged program, which has been subjected to negative reviews and coverage since it debuted in September 2017. She also had a short-lived prime-time magazine show since joining NBC News 18 months ago.
NBC aggressively covered Kelly’s blackface remarks on “NBC Nightly News” on Tuesday and again Wednesday on “Today” in a segment that was followed up with some harsh condemnation from two of the program’s African-American regulars, Al Roker and Craig Melvin.
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack also criticized Kelly at a division-wide meeting Wednesday which had been scheduled before the flare-up occurred.
“There is no other way to put this but I condemn those remarks,” Lack said, according to the attendee. “There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate.”
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