Multiple sources have confirmed to DailyMail.com that Megyn Kelly is out at NBC. This move comes just 48 hours after the embattled host made remarks in which she defended blackface on Today.
Kelly tried to deal with the scandal by delivering a tearful apology on-air and welcoming two black panelists to discuss the fraught and horrifying history of the practice, but it did no good.
‘Megyn Kelly is done. She is not ever coming back,’ said an NBC executive with knowledge of the situation.
‘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.’
The source then added: ‘Here’s the worst part – 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.’
A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment at this time.
And it looks like Kelly could be heading for a homecoming of sorts.
A network news insider tells DailyMail.com that there are tentative conversations underway about Kelly returning to Fox News, whose viewers despise what they perceive as ‘political correctness’ and would likely welcome her back with open arms.
Another NBC source with knowledge of the staff meeting that took place on Thursday said that the staff was told Monday’s show would be live, but with the host TBD.
The staff got a chance to speak with human resources on Wednesday, and voice their concerns about the host of their show.
An NBC insider tells DailyMail.com that employees on the show made it very clear that they were ‘disgusted’ by Kelly’s blackface comments and ‘didn’t like her personally.’
Staffers were also informed by NBC that they were members of the Today team at a time when there jobs appeared to be on the line.
‘Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week,’ said an NBC spokesperson.
A source at the network had stated that it seemed inevitable that Kelly would be phased out just like Billy Bush, with the host being kept off the air on Thursday and Friday before the network announces the show.
Kelly has made few friends and many enemies during her time on Today, angering a number of veteran employees with her segments about sexual misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw.
Kelly brought in an almost entirely new staff when she began on Today, including her own publicists and producers as well as a dedicated crew, when she started at the 9am hour in her brand new $10 million studio.
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