Megyn Kelly Exiting NBC News, Sources Say

Megyn Kelly is negotiating an exit from NBC News following the talk show host's controversial comments about blackface, according to a Thursday CNN report.

Kelly initially signed a $69 million three-year contract with NBC. Megyn Kelly Today first debuted on the broadcast network in September 2017.

The former Fox News host featured an all-white panel to discuss cultural appropriation of Halloween costumes during a taping of her daytime talk show on Tuesday. The conversation started with Kelly and guests Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager and Jacob Soboroff talking about students at a U.K. university who petitioned to ban various costumes depicting of various cultures, like Native American and Mexican culture. Kelly appeared to be baffled by the student protest and wondered aloud, "What is racist?"

"People fired up over Halloween costumes this morning, I mean truly, political correctness has gone amuck there are strict rules about what you may or may not wear issued by someone who thinks they're the boss of you," Kelly said.

The 47-year-old went on to compare the Halloweens of her youth during the 1970s, which she claimed was a time when all costumes, including those created with blackface, was apparently appropriate.

"You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person that puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character," she said.

Her comments sparked immediate outrage on social media. Even some of her Today colleagues were offended by the comment, despite her attempt to extend an apology on Wednesday.

This story has been updated to reflect that Kelly and NBC are still reportedly negotiating.

Megyn Kelly issued an apology in an email to colleagues for a controversial comment she made on her show Tuesday about blackface.

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