"She's always been this way," tweets Kathy Griffin.
Megyn Kelly is done at NBC just two days after asking "what is racist" about wearing blackface during her "Today" show hour on Tuesday, and Marvel star Don Cheadle is among those asking why she was hired in the first place.
weird that they ever hired her a$$ in the fir$t place ... https://t.co/6hOlhnPUmJ— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) October 25, 2018
According to TMZ, the former Fox News star -- also infamous for declaring Santa Claus and Jesus Christ to be definitely, totally, without a doubt white -- won't be returning to the airwaves on NBC. A repeat episode of "Megyn Kelly Today" was aired Thursday, and she's already hired a lawyer to negotiate her exit from a $69 million contract.
The tone-deaf blackface discussion was just the latest in a string of problems for Kelly. Her show wasn't scoring the kind of ratings NBC was hoping for, and the rest of the network's personalities reportedly hated sharing the screen with her because they felt she was way too bluntly conservative on air. TMZ reported Andrea Mitchell even ditched an NBC panel discussion on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh midway because she couldn't stand Kelly.
The Daily Mail cited an anonymous NBC executive as saying, "Megyn Kelly is done. She is not ever coming back. We are just working out timing of the announcement but mark my word -- she is gone and will never be seen on NBC live again."
"Here's the worst part," the source added. "Her deal is a non-break deal -- so she walks away with all that money. It’s disgusting and heads should roll here because of it."
Kelly responded to the outrage both in an email to colleagues hours after she made the insensitive comments, and then the following day on her show with a tearful apology.
"I'm Megyn Kelly and I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry," she began Wednesday's show. "You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion about political correctness and Halloween costumes and that conversation turned to whether it is ever okay for a person of one race to dress up as another, a black person making their face lighter or a white person making their face darker, to make a costume complete. I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay. Well, I was wrong and I am sorry."
"I want to begin with two words, I'm sorry..The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor..Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too." Megyn Kelly pic.twitter.com/6hHrvZLNvK— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) October 24, 2018
But before that, NBC colleagues Al Roker and Craig Melvin bashed her apology to colleagues on the air.
"While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. This is a history going back to the 1830s, minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race wasn't right," said Roker earlier in the morning. "I'm old enough to have lived through Amos and Andy, just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people and that's what the problem is and that's what the issue is."
Craig Melvin also piled on, saying, "There was some criticism yesterday that this was political correctness run amok, that's silly and it's disingenuous and it's just as ignorant and racist as the statement itself"
"She said something stupid, she said something indefensible," he added. "I guess it was an opportunity for us to learn a little about blackface, but I think a lot of people knew about blackface."
"You know that no good comes from it," said Roker. "It's just not right."
As TooFab previously reported, Kelly was also dropped by her talent agency CAA.
Time will tell how NBC handles the situation, but for now, Kelly's famous critics are happy to see her get the boot, even if they're still bitter the network hired her in the first place.
.@MegynKelly signed a deal with NBC for SIXTY-NINE MILLION DOLLARS over four years. And what did we, the viewing public, get?— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 25, 2018
"Blackface isn't racist," a hearty 'What's the big deal?' and a smile.
The American public, @TamronHall and @AlRoker deserved better. Much better.
She's always been this way. Watch this clip. https://t.co/sald05qrZU— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 25, 2018
Flashback to when white Santa Megyn Kelly said "there's much to admire about Trump" I booed and flipped her the bird at a fancy Hollywood luncheon.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 5, 2018
You can take me anywhere! pic.twitter.com/rJjLsJPbgc
Black Santa I have been very good this year please may you hook a vacuum up to Megyn Kelly’s chimney & suck up that $69 million & give it to poor people or even just shoot it into a volcano thank you— rob delaney (@robdelaney) October 25, 2018
I think the important take away in the Megyn Kelly saga is people who work for Fox should be on notice that it is exceedingly difficult to slough off all of the hate and lies you spread when you want to change jobs.— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 25, 2018
And the General Sentiment Is as Savage as You'd Expect:
When Megyn Kelly - who profiled Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and had to be pressured into including survivor families in segment - is fired, does one go with “Womp womp,” “Thoughts and prayers,” or “I don’t really care, do you?” https://t.co/kjUXf3Ttlh— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 25, 2018
“Megyn Kelly is off her 9 a.m. show, and may not be back” pic.twitter.com/MS4dXKRBr3— Love, Brandon B. 🏳️🌈 (@excuseyou77) October 25, 2018
Dear Megyn Kelly,— Ron Placone (@RonPlacone) October 25, 2018
I have no idea if Santa Claus is white or not, nor does it matter, but I do know if your show's gone for good he gave a bunch of us an early present.
You know PC Culture is out of control when Megyn Kelly is fired for ONE offensive comment and also months of getting beat in the ratings by reruns of Dharma & Greg— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) October 25, 2018
Nobody could have predicted Megyn Kelly would be a disaster for NBC. Except everyone who knew just what a horrible person Kelly is (thousands of us).— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 25, 2018
Megyn Kelly is a true bag of shit but anyone who pays her $23 mil a year is much much bigger bag of shit— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) October 25, 2018
Lol Megyn Kelly went from denouncing black Santa to defending blackface to getting blacklisted.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 25, 2018
I gotta say, my favorite genre of tabloid story is "guess how much the Today Show staff hates Megyn Kelly" and I will miss reading those so very much— eve peyser (@evepeyser) October 25, 2018
A hearty “Hats off!” to NBC on spending tens of millions of dollars on Megyn Kelly. Who could possibly have seen anything like this coming— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 25, 2018