While she is currently heading to the free agent market following a debacle with NBC, a high-level source at Fox News says Megyn Kelly will never be welcome back at her former network.
Kelly was cut from her NBC show “Megyn Kelly Today” following a segment in which the panel talked about what constitutes an appropriate Halloween costume.
Inexplicably, the host gave a bizarre defense of dressing up in blackface for the occasion, which prompted a backlash from Hollywood hypocrites who have actually defended or performed the same controversial practice.
Kelly had expressed interest in returning to Fox through her agent, but a network executive has seemingly shot down that idea almost immediately.
This past week, Kelly gave an ill-advised defense of blackface Halloween costumes, saying it had been an acceptable practice back in her day.
Decades ago, Kelly argued, going out on Halloween in a blackface costume was acceptable. “That was okay, as long as you were dressing like a character,” she claimed.
As with any racially charged topics, critics piled on and Megyn soon found herself negotiating her way out of a contract as NBC executives sensed an opportunity to punish her for dismal ratings.
“Those close to her know her heart. She’s a good person, a wonderful mom, wife, sister, friend and human being. She didn’t deserve this.” https://t.co/s5sz4A4bSS
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 26, 2018
The two sides were so combative, Kelly enlisted the help of famed #MeToo reporter Ronan Farrow to fight for her as executives hauled her behind closed doors.
Kelly Sends Out Feelers
Prior to the blackface controversy, Kelly had apparently seen the writing on the wall and sent out feelers about coming back to Fox News.
She had told multiple friends that she wanted to return to the network that saw her rise to prominence, only to get caught up in controversy with President Trump and eventually leaving it all behind to be a top star at NBC.
“She wants to come back,” one person close to Kelly told Vanity Fair.
Fox has been quick to squash any possibility of Kelly’s return, sending out messages of their own that indicate it’s simply not happening.
One Fox News publicist went on the record last week indicating there was no place for Kelly at the moment.
“We are extremely happy with our entire line-up,” they said.
Another high-level source at Fox told the Daily Mail that Kelly “is not coming back to any of the Fox News platforms.”
Fox Employees Stick Up For Her
Fox News’ meteorologist Janice Dean took to social media to defend Kelly, saying she “is not a racist” and “didn’t deserve” the backlash and actions taken by NBC.
My friend @megynkelly is not a racist. Those close to her know her heart. She’s a good person, a wonderful mom, wife, sister, friend and human being. She didn’t deserve this.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 25, 2018
Geraldo Rivera also chimed in saying, “Since she’s made an apparently heartfelt apology for grossly misguided remarks, how about showing some mercy to an otherwise good person?”
“Hope she comes back to Fox,” he added.
Kelly is an intelligent person who says some incredibly unintelligent things at times. Is that something you want to see back on Fox News?
Perhaps a continued feud with the President would make for good ratings, but Fox viewers likely have a low tolerance for such criticism of the Trump family.
If they wanted to see that, they could just turn on any other major network 24/7.
Do you think she’ll return?
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