Megyn Kelly skips out on her NBC show after Blackface comments

Megyn Kelly attends the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York NY

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Kelly - who reportedly makes $23 million per year - found herself in hot water with colleagues and NBC executives after making a comment about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday.

After an extended period of pedestrian ratings, Kelly and Lack had a discussion earlier this month - well before the "blackface" remarks - on the possible winding-down of her portion of the "Today" show by the end of the year, according to two people briefed on the conversation.

"You do get in trouble if a white person puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person puts on whiteface at Halloween... like when I was a kid that was OK if you were dressing up as, like, a character", she added.

But of course, Megyn Kelly wouldn't care about that, because she has a long history of saying really awful race-related things, saying sexist things when it was convenient to do so (i.e. when it wasn't about her or her experiences), and the occasional dash of homophobia.

"Given the circumstances, "Megyn Kelly Today" will be on tape the rest of the week", an NBC spokesperson told HuffPost. When NBC brought her over they paid her an enormously high salary, built her a $10m studio and let her bring all her own staff. Throughout its run, "Megyn Kelly Today" has trailed the rival program "Live with Kelly and Ryan" by a significant margin.

Megyn Kelly will not return to air this week.

But what was more freakish than Kelly's gaffe was NBC's overt sabotage of their own employee.

"'Megyn" is the spelling on my birth certificate", Kelly told the website said in 2009.

A Hollywood agency, CAA, also parted ways with her this week over the comments, according to Page Six and the Hollywood Reporter. Kelly's actually been married twice and was ready to break up with her second husband after he nearly killed her dog. Kelly's decision to sit down with Jones received backlash and JPMorgan's chief marketing officer said she was "repulsed" that Kelly gave Jones airtime.

NBC chairman Andy Lack, who has been facing criticism over how he handled former "Today" show host Matt Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct, condemned Kelly's remarks.

Kelly hired Freedman late Wednesday night.

They tied the knot on March 1, 2008, and today have three children together.

All of this points toward a likely exit from NBC by Kelly, who has found it hard to maintain a loyal constituency.

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