In the wake of recent remarks condoning the use of blackface Megyn Kelly may be on her way out at NBC.

By |2018-10-25T09:34:56-08:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |13 Comments

It’s about time.

Courtesy of WaPo:

Megyn Kelly might be experiencing deja vu.

In the fall of 2016, she had begun to see her position at Fox News as untenable. Her comments, offered on book tour, about the sexual harassment she says she suffered at the hands of Fox exec Roger Ailes grated on colleagues so much that they began calling her “Me-again.” Jealousy in the cutthroat newsroom was further fueled when the network’s owners offered her $25 million a year to stay at the channel, even as she openly considered options elsewhere.

Kelly decamped soon after for NBC where she is — for now — host of the “Today” show’s 9 a.m. hour, but she hasn’t left newsroom tensions behind. Even before her comments earlier this week about the palatability of wearing blackface for Halloween, she’d found her NBC News colleagues could be as unwelcoming as her old Fox compatriots.

Two people familiar with internal negotiations said that Kelly’s “Today” show hour will stop airing, although the timing and details remain uncertain. She has split with her CAA agent and briefly worked with another agency, United Talent Agency, before dropping that firm as well.

The relationship between Kelly and NBC News Chairman Andy Lack — who wooed her to the network in 2017 with the promise of freedom and a large paycheck — had been strained for months. As previously reported by the New York Times, the two spoke earlier this month to discuss how the show was not working and to figure out a way forward, possibly with Kelly adopting a different role.

“Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week,” an NBC spokeswoman said.

We have also learned that Kelly’s talent agency is dropping her.

Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter

CAA is no longer working with Kelly, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Wednesday. CAA declined to give a reason for the split, but a source says the Megyn Kelly Today host sought new representation because the agency also reps NBC News president Noah Oppenheim.

To replace CAA, UTA co-president Jay Sures had been in talks to sign Kelly and had been courting her before Tuesday’s blackface backlash, in which Kelly said on her 9 a.m. show that she didn’t understand why people couldn’t wear blackface on Halloween. Sures is said to have backed out of representing Kelly on Wednesday amid the controversy. A source close to the situation says Sures’ decision came after he made at least one call to NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and had set a meeting with NBC for Friday on Kelly’s behalf.

Then later on Wednesday, Kelly hired attorney Bryan Freedman, one of Hollywood’s top talent-side litigators. The move is a sign that she is gearing up for a fight with NBC that could lead to her exit. She will not appear on the Thursday or Friday episodes of her show, according to sources.

To this day I have no idea why NBC thought it was a good idea to hire Megyn Kelly. 

Just because she was a big star on Fox News, a cable news network where if you don’t step on your dick during a segment you are considered a genius, meant that she had what it takes to handle her own show on an actual big-time network. 

The quicker they can throw this never has been onto the trash heap the sooner she can get started on that conservative talk radio show that was essentially her destiny all along. 

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  1. Anon October 25, 2018 at 11:08 am

    “According to Page Six, the attorney for Megyn Kelly has requested that NBC executives and their lawyers allow former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow sit in on negotiations over how the soon-to-be-released NBC host will be compensated.

    “Megyn Kelly’s litigator Bryan Freedman is meeting with NBC execs [Friday] and has requested that Ronan Farrow attend, so he can be a witness,” a source told the tabloid.
    According to the report, Farrow is still a sore point for NBC which shot down his reporting on accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, forcing him to take it to the New Yorker.

    The report notes that Kelly has been critical of NBC’s handling of Farrow, with Kelly running a segment in September calling on the network to hire an outside firm to determine why it spiked his reporting on Weinstein.”<RawStory

  2. Anon October 25, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    The only place on tv “these” people have an audience is on FOX. Nice people don’t want to hear racist drivel piped into their homes. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, Megan. Good riddance!

    • Anon October 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      My thoughts exactly.

  3. Anonymous October 25, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I thought is was very interesting that Megyn Kelly received LOTS of money for sexual harassment at FOX, meanwhile during the Brett the drunk hearings she was ranting on a daily basis that Dr. Ford wasn’t credible and that poor man.. etc.

    I think she even dedicated a program or two to defending Brett the drunk.. so what is the deal Megyn, you got your money and the rest of the women can go to hell? HYPOCRITE and good riddance to bad rubbish.

  4. rolex October 25, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I wonder why blackface is always portrayed with white lips?

  5. majii October 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Although I am now 65 and my dearly beloved parents are no longer alive, I still remember them telling me that there are some things one should never say. They were right, as I’m hoping Megyn Kelly will soon discover. Just because one has a prominent position in society, money, and is a member of a dominant group in that society doesn’t mean one should say certain things that offend others.

  6. Anonymous October 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    good riddance. it was painful to watch her try to interview people without empathy.

  7. quio October 25, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    She isn’t a warm woman – maybe Fargo in late January.

    But that’s the conservative in her – limited to transaction and utility.

  8. Anonymous October 26, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Don’t cry for me Megyn Kelly.. she maybe out of NBC, but they have to pay the rest of her contract..$69million. I sure FOX will hire her back.

  9. Anonymous October 26, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Kelly’s professional future—once dazzling—is now uncertain.

    Industry insiders told The Daily Beast that the messy circumstances of her departure from NBC will make it unlikely that she will quickly find work at another major outlet.

    “This is what happens when you tilt the universe with lies @ Megynkelly,” tweeted @DarlaShine
    Kelly, who declined to comment to The Daily Beast, is said to be devastated by her current situation, but, as a former Washington, D.C., litigator, ready if necessary to battle in court.”

  10. Anonymous October 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    In true Republican form, she is out but will cash in bigly from her contract. I can’t say I have any sympathy for the network. They knew what they were getting when their hired someone from FOX. Maybe they should try someone that isn’t a white blond Stepford anchor with tits that used to shill for a right wing propaganda network. Perhaps they should re-order their requirements and put brains in the number one spot.

  11. Curtis Bell October 26, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Megyn Kelly has always been a terrible person. She epitomises the dark should and lack of empathy that Republican women seem to have.

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