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Megyn Kelly delivers extended apology on 'Today' show after defending blackface for Halloween costumes, says she's 'never been a PC kind of person'

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  • On Wednesday, NBC host Megyn Kelly delivered an extended apology on her show “Megyn Kelly Today” after defending blackface for Halloween costumes.
  • In a televised panel on Tuesday, Kelly asked why wearing blackface on Halloween was racist.
  • She faced near-immediate backlash for her comments.
  • Kelly has since apologized for her comments to not only her colleagues but also to her audience, saying she’s “never been a PC kind of person.”

On Wednesday, NBC host Megyn Kelly delivered an extended apology on “Megyn Kelly Today” after defending wearing blackface for Halloween costumes.

She began her show with an outright apology for the incident.

“I want to begin with two words — I’m sorry,” she said.

She continued, explaining the situation in detail.

“You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes. And that conversation turned to whether it is ever okay for a person of one race to dress up as another, a black person making their face whiter or a white person making there’s darker, to make a costume complete,” Kelly said. “I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume it seemed okay. Well, I was wrong and I am sorry.”

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Kelly said that on Tuesday was a learning experience for her.

“One of the great parts of getting to sit in this chair is getting to discuss points of view. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen,” she said. “Yesterday, I learned. I learned that the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country. It is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”

She continued: “I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been so painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided. And I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity, and honor. And I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too.”

As Kelly concluded her apology, the camera panned to the audience, who applauded her.

Kelly’s apology came after a roundtable on Tuesday with Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager, and guest host Jacob Soboroff on “Megyn Kelly Today,” in which Kelly asked why wearing blackface was racist.

“But what is racist? You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween,” she asked her panel. “That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.”

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