Insiders say Megyn Kelly's days on 'Today' are numbered

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"There was a controversy on The Real Housewives of NY with Luann, and she dressed as Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is and people said that that was racist", Kelly said "And I don't know, I felt like who doesn't love Diana Ross?". "You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes".

Hours later, she sent an email to her colleagues and said, "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry".

"I've never been a PC person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity", Kelly added.

Following the social media backlash over Kelly's statements, the famed weatherman demanded Kelly apologize to people of color before giving her a much-needed history lesson. The country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. "I did understand the idea of: 'But I love this character!"

I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry.

Later in the show, Jenna Bush Hager, who was on the panel where Kelly made the comments, said the conversation had taken "a turn none of us expected".

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

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"There are people on the right agreeing with this, saying she said something stupid, I don't think she said something stupid at all, I'm totally on her side", he concluded.

Kelly said on her show of costumes that use blackface: "Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character". "I don't know how that got racist on Halloween", Kelly complained. Megyn Kelly went on and she was talking about being in costume, talking about a white woman who had put on a costume of Diana Ross and made her skin look a little darker so she looked more like Diana Ross, and she said "gee, I think this would be OK". "There's no magical day where you can wear blackface with no repercussions - unless all of your friends are white, and I'm guessing all of Megyn Kelly's friends are white".

"I can not believe the ignorance on this in 2018", Padma Lakshmi wrote on Twitter. "You are on national television", "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi said in a tweet directed at Kelly.

I can not believe the ignorance on this in 2018.

Loni Love joked Kelly was probably checked by "Jamal the intern" after getting off set and back in her office.

CNN's report pointed to the fact that instead of standing by Kelly in the midst of controversy, NBC allowed other "Today" hosts such as Al Roker and Craig Melvin criticize her on air.