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NBC chairman criticizes Megyn Kelly as ‘Today’ show future in doubt

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Megyn Kelly on NBC.
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  • NBC Chairman Andy Lack criticized Megyn Kelly following
    her comments on her show “Megyn Kelly Today” justifying
    blackface.
  • Kelly apologized, but that didn’t stop the fallout from
    her comments.
  • She reportedly parted ways from her agency and failed
    to sign a deal with another one. Kelly also reportedly hired
    litigator Bryan Freedman on Wednesday.
  • Kelly has reportedly told NBC executives that she wants
    to cover more news and politics, and may leave “Today” by the
    end of the year.

Megyn Kelly’s future at NBC is in doubt after NBC chairman Andy
Lack criticized her in an internal town hall meeting, multiple
outlets are reporting.

“There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks,”
Lack said, according to a transcript obtained
by The Daily Beast
. “There is no place on our air or in this
workplace for them. Very unfortunate.”

The fallout follows comments she made on
Monday
justifying blackface, causing a firestorm
of controversy.

“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 said on “Today.” “That
was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a
character.”

Kelly later apologized for her remarks and
had a discussion about them on her show the next day with other
panelists on the show.

But her apology didn’t stop the fallout.

Kelly is not appearing on her show on Thursday or Friday,

according to The Hollywood Reporter
. And actors from the new
season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” pulled out of a scheduled
appearance on her show
.

Kelly also split ways with the Creative Arts Agency on Wednesday
because the agency also represents NBC president Noah
Oppenheimer, according to The Hollywood
Reporter
. United Talent Agency, the other major agency firm
in the entertainment industry, was in discussions to represent
Kelly but then backed off from its offer, The Hollywood Reporter
noted, leaving Kelly without agency representation.

Kelly is halfway through a $69 million, three-year deal
with NBC
, but her presence on “Today” is expected to end by
the end of 2018, according to The Hollywood
Reporter
. Kelly has reportedly expressed interest to NBC
executives in covering more news and politics.

But there are also signs that she could be headed to a messy exit
with the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. On
Wednesday, she hired Bryan Freedman, one of the entertainment industry’s top litigators
representing talent
.

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