Megyn Kelly today It is likely to be a toast, according to reports from CNN and the New York Times.
The NBC morning show of the former Fox News star has been lagging behind in the ratings, with an audience even smaller than the less animated hour of Today It replaced with great fanfare in September of 2017.
"Happy Friday!" Kelly said at the beginning of Thursday's show, a pre-recorded episode; another will air Friday, with no guarantee that Kelly will return on Monday. He reportedly is in negotiations with NBC to conclude his program for the end of the year. Before this week, it already seemed that Kelly's show was destined for the garbage pile. After drawing the ire of co-workers and critics for defending the black face of Halloween in the air on Tuesday, it will be much easier for the network to justify getting it out of the air.
Those who are familiar with Kelly's work on Fox, including, presumably, the executives of NBC and his talent agency, who also left this week, know that his comments on the black face were not an unexpected outburst or an attempt annoyance. Rather, they were an accurate representation of their views on race and racism. Here it is what Kelly said:
What is racist? Because you really get into trouble if you're a white person who turns black on Halloween or a black person who turns white for Halloween. Before, when I was a kid, that was like, OK, as long as you were disguised as a character. … There was a controversy over The real housewives of New York with Luann [de Lesseps]while dressing like Diana Ross and making her skin look darker than it really is, and people said that it was racist. And I thought, like, who does not love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for a day. I do not know how he got racist on Halloween. It's not like she's walking [like that] in general. … I can not be aware of the number of people we are offended simply because we are normal people.
To summarize Kelly's perspective on the black face: there is no difference between a white person doing something related to race and a black person doing the same thing and the opposite related to race. It is sad that the rules and practices of whites about racism have changed, because all the previous ones were very funny. And too many people are offended for no reason by the benign behavior and opinions of "normal" people.
Kelly has done all of these points before on Fox News, a much friendlier network with, say, antiquated opinions about race. When she raised the charges of racism in The kelly file, they were raised almost exclusively against blacks for allegedly discriminating against whites, often as part of a conspiracy against whites that included Barack Obama and the former American.
Attorney General Eric Holder. (Black people who wear white faces are the same as white people who wear black faces!) He complained about the scandal over the racist emails sent by Ferguson's police officers, claiming that those emails were typical of "companies in the United States, whether public or private."Why are people doing big business with things that used to be good?) She condemned Oprah for saying that the United States has a problem with racism when the legend of the talk show is "a billionaire in large part thanks to the American viewers who love her (white, black, brown, whatever") and expressed doubts that the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, by police officers, had something to do with the race, suggesting that the Black Lives Matter protesters adopt "a civilized route" instead of protesting at the streets. (Everyone is very offended!) Kelly also claimed that the Black Lives Matter protests pose a threat to "average" Americans. ("Average" Americans, like "normal people," are white.)
Kelly has done all of these points before on Fox News, a much friendlier network, say, antiquated views on career.
But even before Kelly left Fox News, she had begun to trademark herself as an acceptable figure to a more centrist, general audience. A few years after she accused Oprah of being ungrateful for the non-racism that American viewers showed by loving her, Kelly praised the media mogul for refusing to "play the race card" or "the gender card" in your road to fame. That comment came with a flattering profile from Vanity Fair that announced Kelly's rise from cable-news telegraphy to the star of the mass market network, in which she compared herself not only to Oprah but to Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters. . She got involved in some very publicized and well-publicized comments from extreme right misogynists, which made her look like a furious feminist compared to Fox's other personalities. Once she arrived on NBC, Kelly stated that she was "a bit finished with politics." for now "and regretted that there was" so much division, so much indignation "in the country, as if she had not participated in the making of whites, conservatives. Americans fear that a nation will be overtaken by lawless immigrants, non-white saints and black communities with an "antipop, bullies" mentality.
It's hard to say if Kelly's Halloween costume segment was a simple case of her true identity despite her new place, or a deliberate attempt to increase controversy and goose ratings by going back to the formula that gave her immense success in Fox News. Either way, on Wednesday, the producers rushed to save any reputation Kelly might have retained among viewers rejected by racist appeals. its usually white majority hearing was replaced with a surprisingly multiracial crowd that gratefully applauded his apologies: "The country feels so divided and I have no desire to add more pain and offense", for the moment of "Wow, I backed the black face!".
Kelly's decision to part with Fox News was not motivated solely by her desire for a wider audience. According to reports, he was also motivated by the network's support of Bill O & # 39; Reilly, even when he mocked Kelly for filing allegations of sexual harassment against former Fox president Roger Ailes. Now, Kelly collides again with co-workers, this time with TodayAl Roker and Craig Melvin, black men who fired your apology by email as not good enough and his black face comments as "indefensible", respectively. Kelly, it seems, has found himself on the opposite side of a workplace dispute in which an employee criticizes the experience of discrimination based on the identity of another. This time, your audience is not big enough or loyal enough to protect it.