"What is racist?" Ms. Kelly asked. "You're in trouble if you're a white person who puts a blackface on Halloween,…
“What is racist?” Ms. Kelly asked. “You’re in trouble if you’re a white person who puts a blackface on Halloween, or a black person who hangs on the whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid, it was OK, as long as you dressed up like a character.”
She continued to cite the example of Luann de Lesseps, a member of the cast of Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives in New York,” which came on fire this year to dress up as Diana Ross, complete with a sizeable Afro wig. Kelly added that she found the criticism of the “Housewives” star confusing.
Several hours after the broadcast, Kelly sent an excuse email to NBC employees.
“I realize now that such behavior is really wrong, and I’m sorry,” she wrote. “Blackface’s history in our culture is hideous, the wounds are too deep. I’ve never been a” pc “kind of person – but I understand we need to be more sensitive in this day and age.”
She continued: “Especially if race and ethnicity that, far from healing, has worsened in our policy over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and glory, and I want to be a part of it. “
E- The post was not enough to place her colleagues “Today” hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin, who condemned her remarks on blackface costumes in the early hours of Wednesday morning shipping.
At 9 am, Kelly went into the air with his future online in doubt. She looked into the camera and apologized. The studio audience gave her a standing ovation.
At a dinner meeting on Wednesday, Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News, announced that he condemned his comments and gave no praise for her attempt to apologize.