NBC says 'Megyn Kelly Today' not returning to the air

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Yet both NBC's Nightly News and the Today show did stories on their colleague's comment.

Megyn Kelly has reportedly begun exit negotiations with NBC, the Wall Street Journal reports, a sign that her tried tenure at the network will likely come to an end. And among various costumes that were deemed offensive, Megyn Kelly asked the panel "what is racist?"

NBC News says the hour that had belonged to Kelly will be hosted next week by other "Today" show co-anchors.

An NBC News article Friday, citing unnamed sources, explained that Kelly is still in talks with the channel about her future.

DailyMail.com reported earlier this week that Kelly's former reps at CAA had been calling networks in hopes of finding a possible home for Kelly. "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween".

In some corners, Fox News insiders were enjoying a certain schadenfreude in Kelly's NBC failure.

"'Megyn Kelly Today' is not returning", a spokesperson for the network said.

The network on Friday again aired a repeat of "Megyn Kelly Today" just as it did Thursday following this week's controversy over her comments about blackface.

Kelly's friend Eleanor McManus, a crisis manager who appeared on Kelly's show several times, argued that NBC's treatment of Kelly was retaliatory for her reporting on the #MeToo movement - particularly her attention to allegations against NBC and its stars.

But let's be clear: NBC wanted to rid themselves of Kelly for the longest time and they seized on this gaffe as an opportune moment to do so. "Because you get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween".

At issue, according to The Hollywood Reporter: the payout of the remainder of her multi-million-dollar contract, and the length of her non-compete clause, which will determine where she could go next.

Kelly started her show on Wednesday by apologizing for the comments made the previous day. Curry broke down in tears as she said goodbye on air: "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker: I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try!"

"Megyn Kelly is done", one source, named as an NBC executive, said. She said she "defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed OK". "She is not ever coming back".