'Megyn Kelly Today' will not return to network, NBC says

'Megyn Kelly Today' will not return to network, NBC says
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"Megyn Kelly Today" will not return to NBC, the network confirmed Friday.

The program, hosted by former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, lasted 13 months before its cancellation.

"Megyn Kelly Today is not returning," an NBC News spokesperson said, according to the outlet. "Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other TODAY co-anchors.”

The Hill has reached out to Kelly and NBC for further comment.


Several sources said earlier this week that Kelly's legal team is negotiating her exit from NBC. NBC News reported Friday that Kelly is in talks with the network about her future there. 

The news comes less than two years after signing for a reported three-year, $69 million contract.

Kelly was at the center of a firestorm following comments on Tuesday with a panel segment on her show regarding Halloween costumes and the use of blackface.

The host said dressing up in blackface was considered OK when she was growing up “as long as you were dressing like a character.”

“You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween,” Kelly said during the segment. “That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.”

Kelly went on to add that “Real Housewives” reality star Luann de Lesseps once dressed up as singer Diana Ross because de Lesseps wanted to “look like Diana Ross for one day.”

“People said that was racist and I don’t know, I felt like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross?” Kelly said on Tuesday. “She wanted to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”

Kelly, speaking on an all-white panel, drew immediate backlash for the comments.

On "NBC Nightly News" Tuesday evening, anchor Lester Holt addressed the Kelly issue. The next day, "Today" did another story on Kelly's comments, as did MSNBC, which included anchor Craig Melvin calling Kelly's comments "indefensible."

Kelly apologized for the comment on Tuesday in a letter to NBC staff. But longtime "Today" meteorologist Al Roker said the apology wasn't good enough.

NBC News president Andy Lack, who was responsible for hiring Kelly and touting her work at Fox News as "a serious journalist" when first bringing her on board, also condemned Kelly's remarks during a staff-only town hall meeting at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.

“There is no other way to put this: I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them,” Lack told staff at the town hall on Wednesday afternoon.