NBC News cancels Megyn Kelly's show

Key Points
  • NBC said Friday it has cancelled Megyn Kelly's morning program Megyn Kelly Today.
  • The move comes after Kelly made controversial comments about wearing blackface for a Halloween costume.
  • Kelly is said to be negotiating her exit from NBC.
Megyn Kelly
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NBC News announced Friday it is cancelling Megyn Kelly's show following her controversial comments on blackface.

In a statement, NBC News wrote, "Megyn Kelly Today is not returning. Next week, the 9am hour will be hosted by other TODAY co-anchors."

NBC has not yet announced the future of Kelly's employment. Kelly's tenure at NBC was rumored to be coming to a close, but took a sharp turn earlier this week after she made comments on blackface as part of a Halloween costume.

In a discussion on her show Tuesday about inappropriate Halloween costumes, Kelly asked her group of white panelists, "But, what is racist? Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character."

Kelly apologized to her colleagues later that day, and then to her audience on her show Wednesday. After that show, NBC aired reruns of previous episodes in the 9 o'clock hour as NBC executives reportedly were in talks with Kelly about her future at the network.

On Wednesday, Kelly reportedly fired her agent who negotiated her three-year deal with NBC News for $23-million-a-year. A new agency, UTA, was in talks with Kelly previously about reportedly representing her, but following the controversy, UTA declined to take her on as a client, NBC News reported.