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A source in the program confirms to USA TODAY that there is an expectation that their "Today" program time will be canceled.
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The show "Today" by Megyn Kelly on NBC ended after a tumultuous week that began when she She defended Blackface's Halloween costumes on Tuesday, provoking a massive reaction that led her to apologize the next day.

"Megyn Kelly Today will not come back," an NBC spokesman told USA TODAY. "Next week, the 9 a.m. time will be organized by other co-presenters TODAY."

While the network made it clear that its time in the "Today" program ended, its future in the network remains uncertain. USA TODAY has contacted NBC for additional information.

On Friday, NBC News reporter Morgan Radford said during the "Today" show: "This morning, NBC News host Megyn Kelly is in talks with the network about her imminent departure."

And even though her former colleagues at Fox News have expressed their support, the network itself indicated that it is not willing to leave space, but is "very happy" with its primetime line-up.

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Kelly, 47, came to NBC News after a decade on Fox News, attracted by a contract that is estimated at $ 20 million per year. "Megyn Kelly Today" debuted in September 2017. Since then, its time for the "Today" franchise of the network's tent was marred by controversy, from the statements made from the air to its lack of brightness .

On Kelly's watch, grades at 9 a.m. of "Today" yielded 400,000 viewers or 13 percent of its audience compared to the previous regime hosted by Al Roker and Tamron Hall. Even more disconcerting for the network's most valuable franchise, its numbers dropped by 25 percent with viewers aged 25 to 54, the traditional demographic for television news.

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He was largely reeling with his soft news approach and a couple of uncomfortable and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing counterproductive with bad publicity. Kelly briefly found more than one purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.

The last drop for Kelly on the NBC show came on Tuesday when, during a round table, she apparently defended "black face" and "white face" for Halloween because "she was fine when she was a child, as long as you dressed as a character. "

In the top part of the program on Wednesday, he said: "I want to start with two words: I'm sorry, I may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes, I defended the idea (of blackface), saying He was always respectful and part of a Halloween costume, which seemed to be fine, well, I was wrong and I'm sorry. "

The apology was not enough to keep the show afloat.

A replay of the Aug. 31 episode of Kelly was aired instead of a live show on Thursday, indicating that the news of his departure was imminent.

The same day that Kelly apologized, NBC News president Andrew Lack tackled the controversy during a town hall with employees, according to the transcripts obtained by Variety and The Daily Beast. The meeting was scheduled before this week's events.

"I guess you all have already seen the comments that (Megyn Kelly) made on your show yesterday about Halloween and Blackface." There is no other way to express this, but I condemn those comments, there is no place in our air or in this place. I work for them, very unlucky, "said Lack.

He continued: "As we move forward, my highest priority remains, and when analyzing this with Megyn, there is no doubt that this is a workplace in which you should feel proud and in which we respect each other in all respects. The shapes we know are fundamental to what we are. "

Previously, her African-American colleagues called her during Wednesday's "Today" episode.

"There was criticism online yesterday that this was a political correction that had gone crazy, that's nonsense and it's false, and it's as ignorant and racist as the statement itself," said co-host of "Today" Craig. Melvin, who still described Kelly as a friend and colleague. "She said something stupid, said something indefensible."

"The fact is that she owes a bigger apology to people of color throughout the county," said Al Roker, the oldest host on "Today." This is a story, which goes back to the minstrel shows of the 1830s. It was not right to demean and denigrate a race. I'm old enough to have lived in Amos & # 39; n & # 39; Andy & # 39; where you had black people on the black face playing with two black characters that magnified stereotypes about blacks. And that is the big problem. … Nothing good comes from it. It just is not right. "

Contributing: Leora Arnowitz, Gary Levin, The Associated Press

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