Megyn Kelly will not be returning to her 9 a.m. on NBC, the network said on Friday, while the harassed harasser continues negotiations on a possible departure from NBC airwaves.
Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, delivered the news to the staff of "Megyn Kelly Today" shortly before the official announcement that the program had come to an end.
"Next week, the 9 a.m. time will be hosted by other co-presenters," Hoy, "an NBC News spokeswoman said in a statement.
The cancellation came three days after Ms. Kelly suggested on the air that it was not inappropriate for whites to dress black on Halloween. After their comments an online protest arose, and NBC News covered their statements on the air and their consequences on "NBC Nightly News" and its morning franchise, the "Today" program.
Ms. Kelly's status on NBC is now the subject of major discussions between her attorney, Los Angeles litigation attorney Bryan Freedman and network executives.
"Megyn is still an employee of NBC News and discussions about the next steps are continuing," Freedman said in a statement on Friday.
Ms. Kelly is in the middle of a three-year, $ 69 million contract. A negotiated exit could include a substantial payment.
Ms. Kelly joined NBC News in 2017 after 12 years on the Fox News Channel, where she earned great ratings as the main presenter. In her new home on the network, she has faced colleagues and managers in getting average ratings for her morning program.
His incendiary comments on Tuesday were part of a round table on how "The costume police are taking energetic measures" in Halloween costumes, as she said.
"What is racist?" Asked Mrs. Kelly. "You get in trouble if you're a white person who turns black on Halloween, or a black person who turns white for Halloween. When I was a kid, that was O.K., as long as you were disguised as a character. "
He went on to quote the example of Luann de Lesseps, a cast member of Bravo's reality show "The Real Housewives of New York," who was attacked. this year to dress like Diana Ross, complete with an oversized Afro wig. Ms. Kelly added that she found the criticism of the "Housewives" star disconcerting.
Several hours after the broadcast, Ms. Kelly sent an apology email to NBC staff members.
"Now I realize that such behavior is wrong, and I'm sorry," he wrote. "The history of the black face in our culture is abominable; The wounds too deep. "I've never been a type of" PC "person, but I understand that we need to be more sensitive right now."
She continued: "Particularly in matters of race and ethnicity that, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics during the past year. "This is a time for greater understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be a part of that."
The e-mail was not enough to placate his "Today" hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin, who denounced his comments about black face costumes in the early hours of Wednesday morning's broadcast.
At 9 o'clock in the morning, Ms. Kelly went on the air with her future in the network in doubt. He looked at the camera and apologized at length. The studio audience gave him a standing ovation.
At Wednesday's staff meeting, Andrew Lack, president of NBC News, told employees he condemned his comments and offered no praise for his attempts to apologize.
On Wednesday night, Ms. Kelly had split up with her agents at the Creative Artists Agency. But he could not find another representation when the Talent Agency of the United States refused to hire her as a client. Mr. Freedman, the litigant, is now handling the negotiations.
Replays of "Megyn Kelly Today" were aired instead of live broadcasts on Thursday and Friday. At the end of Wednesday's episode, which turned out to be the end of the program, Mrs. Kelly offered a cheerful, if unnoticed, farewell.
"Have a good day everyone!" He said smiling. "See you tomorrow!"