Megyn Kelly Blackface Comment Ripped by 'Today Show' Hosts: 'She Owes a Bigger Apology to Folks of Color'

Megyn Kelly's colleagues on the Today Show were none too pleased by the comments she made about blackface during her daytime talk show on Tuesday. During a taping of the Megyn Kelly Today, the host suggested wearing blackface "was OK" to wear on Halloween when she was a kid.

Kelly's defense of blackface during her youth—which would have been back in the 1970s—resulted in instant backlash, and hundreds of thousands of people condemned the former Fox News host for saying wearing blackface at any time for any reason was appropriate. Many of the hosts on NBC's morning news program seemed to agree with the masses and similarly slammed Kelly on the Today Show on Wednesday morning.

Morgan Radford was first to address the controversy and said Kelly's panel discussion was doomed from the very beginning because there were no people of color "represented in that panel," resulting in it turning into a "conversation that people generally have in private space where there are no repercussions."

Radford suggested the fall out following Kelly's comment served as a "learning moment" for the news host and her viewers. Savannah Guthrie agreed.

Kelly issued an apology to her NBC News colleagues via email late on Tuesday. However, some people didn't believe that was enough. "The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color round the country," Al Roker said.

"This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It wasn't right. I'm old enough to know [and] have lived through Amos 'n' Andy, where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters, just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black men—and that's what the problem is. That's what the issue is," Roker continued.

Roker wasn't alone in his sentiment. "There was some criticism yesterday online that this was political correctness run amok. That's silly. It's disingenuous and it's just as ignorant and racist as the statement itself," Craig Melvin said.

"In addition to her being a colleague, she's a friend. She said something stupid. She said something indefensible. A lot of folks don't realize that Jim Crow is shorthand for the racist laws that have existed in this country for much of the last century, especially in the deep south; they termed Jim Crow from a minstrel show in the 1830s," Melvin said. "I guess it was an opportunity for us to learn a little bit more about black face—but I think a lot of people knew about blackface."

Hoda Kotb didn't have much to say regarding the issue but seemed to agree with her colleagues' stance, saying, "Right," in response to Melvin.

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