‘Today’: Megyn Kelly Has Been Fired, Who Is Replacing Her?
Megyn Kelly is out at NBC after her blackface comments. So who is in? There are many anchors over at the Today show so the network certainly has many people to choose from. There are reports that they have already settled on one. Here is everything to know about who is replacing Megyn Kelly.
Al Roker is reportedly back on Today after being taken off for Megyn Kelly
NBC is reportedly returning to the format it had before adding Megyn Kelly to its lineup. TMZ reports that a source claims Al Roker is going back to the 9 a.m. slot. Roker and Hoda Kotb hosted the show on Oct. 29, but it’s unknown if Kotb will continue there.
Roker was open about his response to Megyn Kelly’s defense of blackface. He said on air, “she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country.”
Other Today hosts have moved into the third-hour slot
Kotb, Craig Melvin, Al Roker, and Savannah Guthrie have moved into the third-hour slot after Megyn Kelly Today has been canceled. Jenna Bush Hager who was on Megyn Kelly’s panel about blackface has also appeared again on the show.
“Today, as you know, we are starting a new chapter in the third hour of our show,” Kotb said on the show, according to Deadline. “As it evolves, we want you to know the entire Today family will continue to bring you informative and important stories, just as we always have.”
Megyn Kelly Today is canceled
The morning show was canceled after Megyn Kelly had a roundtable asking whether blackface is offensive. Kelly asked, “what is racist?” She went on to say “because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on 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.”
Other news anchors called out Kelly for saying blackface was ever OK. The next morning she addressed her comments on her show. “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,” she said. “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.”
Anchors weren’t the only ones to respond to Kelly’s comments. An op-ed has also been published written by current students of Peace and Survival at Bethlehem Central High School, the same school Kelly attended, denouncing her comments. A section of the op-ed read:
Those comments definitely do not speak to who we are in Bethlehem or at Bethlehem Central High School, from which she graduated in 1988. Blackface is not acceptable anywhere in America, and it is not acceptable in our town. We weren’t alive when Megyn was in high school but, in the recollection of many of our parents who grew up around here, it was not acceptable even in the 1980s town that she knew.
Kelly and NBC might not totally be over. There have been reports that she hired a litigator, which could mean she plans take NBC to court over the cancellation.
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