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‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Won’t Return to the Air

‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Won’t Return to the Air

Page Six has learned that the 9 a.m. hour for all of next week will be hosted by other "Today" talent but filmed from Kelly's studio.

In a rather weird move, Kelly has requested that journalist Ronan Farrow, the man behind some of the most-talked-about pieces and interviews related to the #MeToo movement, be present during the exit talks. She admitted that she defended blackface costumes on Tuesday and continued, "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in very bad ways in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise". He did not elaborate.

Kelly signed a three-year deal with NBC worth a reported $69 million last year.

"What is racist?" she asked a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff and Melissa Rivers.

Her Sunday show didn't fare much better. Farrow told reporters had no knowledge of the Kelly meeting a NBC or the request. She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics. Others were doubtful she could make the transition from a hard-edged cable news host to the lighter fare of a morning show. Kelly briefly found more of a goal with the eruption of the #MeToo movement. At the time, her contract at Fox was up for renewal and she said she was searching for new opportunities.

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Time magazine, which honoured "The Silence Breakers" as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as its leader in the entertainment field.

But strains continued behind the scenes.

During the same hour Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa's program was getting 747,000 more viewers. Kelly was absent from today's show as well.

The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. "Savannah Guthrie called Kelly's remarks "uncomfortable", Craig Melvin called them "stupid" and indefensible", and Al Roker insisted she "owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country".

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.

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"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

Trump later complained about her questions, saying, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes".

You knew Kelly was done the next day when "Today" roasted her with clips culled from her Fox years.

Kelly, once a star at Fox News, had long nurtured ambitions of moving out of the conservative news bubble and into the top tier of mainstream broadcast personalities, with aspirations of becoming a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes' unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes' firing. She also highlighted harassment allegations against Tom Brokaw, the legendary NBC anchor, which he denied.

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