Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer morning news at NBC, was ousted Friday from her "Today" program after her controversial on-air comments about blackface.
Kelly did not host new episodes of Megyn Kelly Today as scheduled on Thursday and Friday mornings.
No NBC News executives or spokespersons have gone on record but they appear to be communicating through their network's stories while remaining anonymous.
The announcement follows reports that Kelly was on the way out.
This was all known when NBC hired her, and the fact that she took over the slot from two talented black anchors, Al Roker and Tamron Hall, left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths and might partly explain why her show was a ratings flop.
Farrow famously exited NBC News when the division declined to broadcast his report about women's claims against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, claiming it was not ready for broadcast.
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The comments sparked a quick backlash on social media, calls for Kelly's resignation and displeasure from her own colleagues.
Interestingly, the network did not say that they were parting with Kelly for good.
Kelly made her debut as NBC morning TV host on September 25, 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot of "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". By that afternoon, it was reported that her show was canceled. Curry broke down in tears as she said goodbye on air: "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker: I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try!" Hope she comes back to Fox'. People close to the matter said Thursday that Kelly's lawyers and NBC brass planned to meet Friday to hash out the details of their relationship.
For the record, Megyn Kelly wasn't "defending blackface" as many of her critics accused her of doing.
"Sources familiar with the situation tell NBC News that conversations have already started about Megyn's exit", said correspondent Morgan Radford.