Megyn Kelly’s tenure with “Today” is on shaky legs.
The controversial television host has taken a leave of absence from her “Megyn Kelly Today” program for Thursday and Friday. Kelly, 47, defended the use of blackface for Halloween costumes on Tuesday. She later apologized to her staff and the public when met with extreme resistance but her career is still in jeopardy.
“Given the circumstances, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ will be on tape the rest of the week,” a spokesperson told Deadline. NBC News instead re-aired a “Megyn Kelly Today” episode about sleep deprivation on Thursday.
Kelly recently parted ways with Creative Artists Agency. She was expected to join the roster of United Talent Agency, but her most recent slip-up has put those plans on ice.
DailyMail reports that Kelly’s staff were “disgusted” by her blackface remarks, according to a source. “If Megyn is leaving, they better also be telling us that [executive producer] Jackie Levin is following her out the door,” the insider said. “This needs to be a joint departure, as they have simultaneously created a toxic environment that needs to be wiped clean from NBC News forever.
“Executive producers are responsible for their talent,” they continued. “And while I use that word lightly when describing Megyn, Jackie had zero control of her and enabled a culture of toxicity at the show.”
NBC News chairman Andy Lack condemned Kelly’s opinions in a town hall meeting on Wednesday, per transcripts attained by the Daily Beast.
“There is no other way to put this but I condemn those remarks,” said Lack. “There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate.”