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Wading into the conversation for the first time since reports first surfaced about the Megyn Kelly Today host’s impending exit earlier this week, NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford joined Today host Savannah Guthrie and anchor Craig Melvin on the flagship edition of the morning show to discuss the blackface controversy surrounding Kelly.
Reporting that the NBC News morning anchor is in talks with the network about her “imminent” departure, citing a source familiar to the situation, Today aired a clip package that included both the segment on Kelly’s Tuesday show — where she suggested that it was acceptable to dress in blackface for Halloween — and her on-air apology for the remarks at the top of her Wednesday hour.
The package included NBC’s statement that Megyn Kelly Today will air repeats this week “given the circumstances,” as well as NBC News chairman Andy Lack’s condemnation of Kelly during a staff meeting and mentioned the speculation surrounding Kelly’s reported $69 million, three-year contract.
“Conversations have already started about Megyn’s exit,” Radford concluded her NBC News report.
This morning, NBC News host Megyn Kelly is in talks with the network about her imminent departure, according to a source familiar with the situation. pic.twitter.com/4Ter7kP0LT
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 26, 2018
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that the host was expected to end her show by the end of the season. During talks that took place before the eruption of the blackface backlash, Kelly expressed an interest in covering more news and politics for the network.
Now, however, it seems increasingly unlikely that Kelly will make a return to the news division. Kelly hired a lawyer, top Hollywood talent litigator Bryan Freedman, after losing her representation earlier this week, and Freedman is expected to meet with NBC News executives in New York on Friday for talks about the terms of her status.
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