Kelly offensive comments on blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday have raised more questions about her future at NBC. NBC News…
Kelly offensive comments on blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday have raised more questions about her future at NBC. NBC News spokesmen refused to comment, and most of the staff in the news department remain in the dark.
Tuesday’s controversy made national news and stoked disappointment and wrath in the NBC, according to several sources on the network.
Kelly started her show on Wednesday by apologizing for comments made the previous day. Her audience gave her a standing ovation, but disappointment inside NBC News runs deep and will probably not fade anytime soon.
NBC News Chair Andy Lack condemned their racial insensitive comments during a Council meeting with co-workers on Wednesday mornings. (The meeting was planned long before the controversy followed.)
Lack reflected Kelly’s employment and enchanted her 9th show. But this week, his news coverage has covered the Kelly controversy on several programs. Instead of promoting the “Today” show as a happy family, NBC has aired the family struggle ̵
1; giving time to Al Roker and others who strongly criticized Kelly’s comments.
Tuesday’s blackface talk – with a white-white panel of guests – was a big step but Kelly Rancor is about more than one segment.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday night that Kelly and Lack “discussed a possible settlement of her part of the” Today Show at the End of the Year “
Kelly has many critics and rivals in the famous news department – people who say she never should have been hired from Fox News, definitely not for such a big pay, and definitely not for a morning show like “Megyn Kelly Today.”
These NBC staff routinely call the Kellys show a “disaster” and other abusive terms.  Most of the anger is not directed at her, just in the management of NBC News – the men who hired her from Fox in January 2017.
“We’re lucky to get her,” said Lack on the day of her new deal was announced.
At that time, some other TV executives agreed. It was a mess of war for Kelly when it became clear that she wanted to leave Fox.
Lack called her an “exceptional journalist and news anchor.”  But Kelly was most famous for burned segments on Fox’s strong conservative prime schedule. There was widespread concern that she was to abuse the NBC.
The network said she would have two main jobs: a 9:00 chat show and a news magazine on Sunday night. Her reported $ 23 million salary per year for three years, a total of $ 69 million, became a bit of a scandal inside the NBC even before she started air.
Kellys morning program premiered in September 2017. TV critics found a lot to criticize. And Kelly had some early stunts, as a difficult exchange with Jane Fonda who did headlines for a long time afterwards.
Some of the controversy stirred up curiosity about her new show, but mostly it caused only embarrassment and sneakage about how long she would hold on NBC. Most importantly, the 9th show did not meet the valuation expectations.
As the Wall Street Journal put it in a box earlier this year, “NBC played $ 69 million on Megyn Kelly – when the viewers disappeared.”
Kellys rivals noted that the previous iteration at 9 o’clock was more profitable when Roker and Tamron Hall were the hosts. This is partly due to the fact that they were paid a lot less.
Some people in the television business said Kelly had poor career advice. Others said that NBC was unrealistic about the expectations of her show. And still others said that Kelly’s talent was not easy to transfer from Fox to other networks.
NBC introduced Kelly Sunday news magazine, but the program did not last long. As predicted, it was rated against long competitors as “60 minutes” and it was hobbled when scheduling problems.
On the air, Kelly’s morning show has gained a few wins – her show has been full of fascinating conversations and candid interviews. But it is still a rating laggard. And the blackface controversy reinforces the perception – for the public as a whole – that Kelly is a Fox News personality, not a member of the “Today” series.
During the insulting segment on Tuesday, Kelly said it was OK when she grew up for white people to dress like black characters, and she spoke to a controversy that broke out last year over a reality star portraying Diana Ross.
“But what is racist?” Asked Kelly “Because 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. Back when I was a child that was OK, as long as you dressed up like a character. “
Later in the day, Kelly said sorry to his colleagues in an email:” Today is one of those days where I listen carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, lead me to caring for my own opinions . “
On Tuesday night, NBC Nightly News covered the Lester Holt Kelly story when some other networks paid a lot of attention. Roker, Melvin and other members of the “Today” show had a remarkable sincere conversation about controversy during the 7th hour of the show on Wednesday.
The situation shows that the continued concern and confusion within the NBC News of Kelly, whose rental and installation in the network’s morning hours was controversial.
Roker said “she owes a greater apology to people of color all over the country.”
His dumb words expressed a point of view shared by many in the news organization.
“Today” colleague Craig Melvin also cried Kelly’s comments to be “stupid” and “unresponsive”. He pointed out that this controversy is an opportunity to inform people – but said that most people already knew how offensive black and white are.