Megyn Kelly Apologizes For Blackface Comments; Future At NBC Shaky

Contibuted by Shawna Mizelle

Reporter Megyn Kelly has been facing a lot of backlash these past couple days. On Tuesday, Kelly used her Today Show platform to defend the use of blackface in Halloween costumes.

Kelly was criticized by people all over the world via Twitter and even by her colleagues on-air. While discussing Kelly’s comments, Al Roker said, “While she apologized to the staff she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country.”

The severe backlash prompted an apology from Megyn Kelly. Critics question whether the apology is actually heartfelt or simply damage control.

Kelly invited panelists, like Roland Martin, on to “educate” her on the history of blackface.

Martin said to Kelly, “When we are grown, when we are educated, we have to go beyond what we are taught and what we learned in our household and say ‘I’m gonna be fully aware of real American history as opposed to being in denial about what actually took place in this country.'”

This seemed to be a direct response to Kelly’s previous comment, “When I was a kid that was okay as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

Following her comments, reports indicate Kelly has already been dropped from her agency CAA.

NBC News chief Andy Lack told his staff, “I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them.”

Reputabl media outlets are now speculating on her future at NBC. Kelly did not appear on-air during her morning show Thursday.

Kelly has also hired a well-known talent litigation lawyer, Bryan Freedman. As many people continue to condemn Megyn Kelly’s blackface comments, regardless of her apology, her future at NBC seems dim.

 

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