NBC’s 9 a.m. ratings up since canceling ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ after her ‘blackface’ comments

Ratings for the Peacock network are flying high in the aftermath of Megyn Kelly’s show getting canceled.

NBC has experienced an uptick in viewership during its 9 a.m. weekday timeslot since “Megyn Kelly Today” was taken off the air following the host’s controversial comments defending wearing blackface…

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Michelle Obama, Kelly Rowland And Ciara Celebrate National College Application Month [Video]

November is National College Application Month and to celebrate the occasion, Reach Higher has launched its “laundry” campaign in an effort to encourage high school seniors to apply to college.

Celebrities such as Keke PalmerKelly RowlandCiaraNick Cannon, and Michelle Obama have joined the social media outreach to students across the nation asking them to take the pledge and apply to college.

In exchange for making this commitment, celebs are (sorta) pledging to do students laundry for an entire semester.

“As a 19-year-old, I’m facing the same questions and fears that other people my age are facing. Reach Higher answers those questions while encouraging you to dream bigger, be better and take that next step towards your education. After all, I truly believe that with an educated mind ANYTHING is possible. College is the first step towards the life you want for yourself, and I believe every person – no matter what age – deserves that first step. It’s never too late to reach higher, ” said Bailee Madison, star of Hallmark’s “Good Witch” and “The Strangers: Prey at Night”.

Reach Higher is an initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House.

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Jane Fonda reacts to Megyn Kelly controversy: ‘It’s through failure that we grow and learn’

Jane Fonda weighed in on the controversy surrounding Megyn Kelly, whom she famously traded barbs with following a contentious appearance on the TV host’s former show.

Kelly’s morning program was canceled by NBC last week after she defended the idea of wearing of blackface as part of a Halloween…

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Megyn Kelly says she’s been badgered by paparazzi after ‘blackface’ scandal

Megyn Kelly says she’s been hounded by paparazzi in the aftermath of her controversial blackface comments that led to her NBC morning show being canceled.

“For a week paparazzi has been lurking outside my home day & nite,” Kelly began in a series of tweets Wednesday. “Finally today I took my kids…

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‘Today’ show hosts embrace a ‘new chapter’ without Megyn Kelly

The “Today” show is moving past Megyn.

The first episode of the NBC talk show since Megyn Kelly was officially given the boot last week aired Monday with Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker sitting front and center.

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It’s Official: NBC Cancels Megyn Kelly Show

NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for white people to wear blackface at Halloween.

 

“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said.

NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate.

Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $ 20 million a year.

The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume.

“But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you 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. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly.

Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics.

She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.

She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill.

Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.

But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.

And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before.

The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.”

A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage.

Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.

While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing.

She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.”

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Elber reported from Los Angeles.

 


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Megyn Kelly Is Cancelled. But She Never Should Have Had the Job in the First Place

In her 14 months as an NBC morning-show host—a role that has come to an abrupt end—Megyn Kelly found a number of ways to alienate viewers. She kicked off Megyn Kelly Today, last September, with an ill-considered joke about Will and Grace turning one of its fans gay and a question about plastic surgery that instigated a year-long feud with Jane Fonda. In January, she was forced to publicly apologize after appearing to endorse fat-shaming: “When I was in law school, I was gaining weight,” Kelly told fitness advocate Maria Kang. “I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, “Where you going, fat ass?”’ And it works!” That same month, a fired staffer described a “toxic and demeaning” environment on the show. But Kelly dug a hole she couldn’t climb out of on Tuesday, questioning whether blackface Halloween costumes were actually racist.

“What is racist?” the host wondered aloud. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.” The social media backlash was swift, with celebrities like W. Kamau Bell, Padma Lakshmi and Adam Rippon joining the fray. On Wednesday’s episode of Today, Al Roker pulled no punches in a statement about Kelly’s comments: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” he said. “This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” Soon after, Kelly apologized to viewers, but the damage was done. “Megyn Kelly Today is not returning,” an NBC News spokesperson announced in a statement on Friday. “Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other Today co-anchors.”

Who could have predicted such a debacle? Oh, just about anyone who was familiar with Kelly’s pre-NBC history. In 2010, as a Fox News host, her well-publicized obsession with the marginal New Black Panther Party was an early hint at her views on race. Months after launching her popular show The Kelly File, in 2013, she caused an uproar by insisting that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white. A few years later, she denounced a so-called “thug mentality” within black communities. The list of race-baiting moments goes on.

So, to many, the salient question today isn’t “How could this have happened?” so much as “How did Megyn Kelly get a $ 69 million deal with a broadcast network in the first place?” The answer says a lot about viewers’ short collective memory: Kelly got her first taste of bipartisan approval during the most recent presidential election cycle, when she grilled Donald Trump over his comments demeaning women. He hit back (remember “blood coming out of her wherever”?), and the more she stood her ground, the more liberals warmed up to her. Kelly underscored her potential appeal to mainstream audiences by speaking out about sexual harassment she endured at the hands of Fox News chief Roger Ailes. By 2016, she was a Vanity Fair cover star. The NBC deal followed early the next year, with the short-lived Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly debuting in June 2017.

Megyn Kelly Today was plan b for the network’s new investment. Although its ratings never compared with those of its predecessor—an hour of Today hosted by Kelly’s reportedly lower-paid colleagues of color, Roker and Tamron Hall—the birth of the #MeToo movement last October gave Kelly a purpose that she clearly wasn’t finding in segments on parenting, cooking and celebrity gossip. She found her niche in championing women, famous and not, who came forward to accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct, and grounding her anger on their behalf in her own experiences at Fox News. For a TV personality who’d effectively erased past controversies by standing up to sexist men, these emotional interviews were the equivalent of playing her hits.

Kelly stepped back into the role of maverick feminist—never mind that her record had always been spotty on women’s issues that did not speak directly to Megyn Kelly. (She has cast aspersions on the equal pay movement, defended demonstrably false anti-abortion propaganda and told campus sexual assault activists to “toughen up, buttercup.”) The same girl-power veneer that kept her supporters in the mainstream media from reckoning with the Fox News version of Kelly in 2016 once again obscured the less savory aspects of her personality. Until it didn’t.

It wouldn’t have taken an investigative reporter to uncover all the reasons why she was the wrong choice for NBC, a broadcaster that presumably had no intention of spending a fortune on a host who would end up offending and alienating a substantial portion of its diverse audience. But the cost of the network’s myopia isn’t just monetary. In failing to weigh the risks of hiring someone like Megyn Kelly, NBC has also lost something priceless: viewers’ trust.


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NBC cancels ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ as host discusses exit with network following controversial blackface comments

Megyn Kelly ruffled too many feathers at the peacock network.

Kelly’s show has officially been canceled amid negotiations with NBC about the host possibly leaving the network.

“Megyn Kelly Today is not returning,” a rep for NBC News said in a statement Friday. “Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be…

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‘House of Cards’ guests back out of ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ appearance as show faces murky future

Plans for a “House of Cards” segment on “Megyn Kelly Today” collapsed amid speculation that the show’s days are numbered following the host’s controversial comments about blackface.

Megyn Kelly had been slated to have the “House of Cards” actor Michael Kelly and showrunners appear on her show,…

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Bolton and Kelly get into heated shouting match sparking resignation fears

A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned into a shouting match Thursday, two sources familiar with the argument told CNN.


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A resident of Gander, Newfoundland, the town made famous by the hit musical Come From Away tuned into Kelly and Ryan today to play trivia and to tell her own true tale from the historic events in Gander, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Check out the video below
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