NEW YORK – NBC has announced the Megyn Kelly Today show will not return to the airwaves following this week’s controversy over her comments about blackface.
The network aired re-runs Thursday and Friday as Kelly was in talks about whether she would remain with NBC News.
NBC released the following short statement: “Megyn Kelly Today is not returning. Next week, the 9am hour will be hosted by other TODAY co-anchors.”
During a segment on Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly said dressing in blackface was acceptable when she was a kid if portraying a character, and expressed sympathy for a character in “Real Wives of New York” who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume.
She apologized later in the day and on her show Wednesday.
Kelly announced her departure from Fox News in early 2017 at the same time she announced a move to NBC News. The anchor told Ellen Degeneres later in the year that she left as the environment became too political and President Donald Trump continually mocked “The Kelly File” in public.
Megyn Kelly Today premiered on NBC in late September 2017.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)