Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren has defended Megan Kelly, following reports that the NBC host will lose her daytime show over remarks she made questioning whether the use of blackface as a Halloween costume was racist.
Fox News hasn't expressed any interest in taking Kelly back now that NBC is negotiating her exit. Hollywood Reporter reported Friday that Freedman is continuing to work with NBC officials to negotiate her departure from the network, where she has three-year $69 million contract. On occasion, she outperformed fellow former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in the ratings, and she had been seen as key to helping the network attract younger viewers.
Then on February 1, 2017, NBC made the abrupt announcement: Hall left the network the day before, on the day her contract was up.
Thursday's live show was replaced by a pre-taped episode. "To all my great colleagues, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you".
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Later that day, Debra Messing, who plays Grace Adler on the show, took to Instagram to say she regretted going on the show hosted by Kelly - and was "dismayed" by her comments. "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in bad ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise", she said. "I think her representatives and management also did her wrong because they put her in a position that was not necessarily suited to her skill set". She said it was acceptable when she was a kid when portraying a character.
"The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country".
Kelly started her show on Wednesday by apologizing for the comments made the previous day.
"What is racist?" she asked a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff and Melissa Rivers. The report also added that Kelly had separated from her talent agency. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn't air Ronan Farrow's stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.