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Megyn Kelly’s colleagues slam blackface comments on the ‘Today’ show

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  • Megyn Kelly’s NBC News colleagues on the “Today” show
    discussed the
    TV host’s controversial blackface comments on Wednesday
    morning.
     
  • The “Today” show’s Al Roker said Kelly “owes a bigger apology
    to folks of color around the country.”
  • ‘Today’ anchor Craig Melvin said the argument that the
    backlash Kelly was facing was “political correctness run amok”
    was “ignorant and racist.”

Megyn Kelly’s NBC News colleagues on the “Today” show discussed
the TV host’s controversial blackface comments on Wednesday
morning, with weather anchor Al Roker saying she owes people of
color a “bigger apology.”

The panel discussion on Wednesday’s “Today” show came after

Kelly defended wearing blackface for Halloween and
questioned why it was racist.

Kelly later apologized for the comments, saying her behavior was
“wrong,” adding that “the history of blackface in our culture is
abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”

In a panel on the “Today” show Wednesday, Roker, Craig Melvin,
Morgan Radford, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie discussed Kelly’s
apology and the racism behind blackface.

“While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to
folks of color around the country because this is a history going
back to the 1830s,” Roker said. “Minstrel shows to demean and
denigrate a race wasn’t right.”

He added that blackface magnifies the worst stereotypes about
black people.

Melvin mentioned that some people on social media said the
backlash Kelly was facing was “political correctness run amok.”

“That’s silly, and it’s disingenuous and it’s just as ignorant
and racist as the statement itself,” Melvin said. “In Addition to
her being a colleague, she’s a friend, and she said something
stupid, she said something indefensible.”

Along with her internal email to colleagues apologizing on
Tuesday afternoon, Kelly also apologized in a segment of “Megyn
Kelly Today” on Wednesday morning.

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