Who Will Replace Megyn Kelly on 'Today' Show? NBC Says She's 'Not Returning' Following Blackface Controversy

Megyn Kelly's segment of the Today show will not return to NBC, the network confirmed in a statement Friday. The cancellation of the daytime talk show comes following controversial comments Kelly made on Tuesday about blackface apparently being acceptable during her childhood.

"Megyn Kelly Today is not returning," an NBC spokesperson said in a statement released by NBC News.

Thursday and Friday tapings of Kelly's show were replaced with previously aired episodes. Kelly began exit negotiations with NBC via her lawyer Bryan Freedman on Thursday, according to CNN. NBC's Morgan Radford announced Kelly was discussing her departure from the morning news program on Today on Friday. "This morning, NBC News host Megyn Kelly is in talks with the network about her imminent departure," Radford said.

Freedman told The New York Times that Kelly "remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing."

NBC said Kelly's future with the network overall had yet to be decided. The network also noted that Kelly's 9 a.m. hour of television would be hosted by other Today co-anchors next week. It is unclear how long the network plans to cover that hour's time slot with its current anchors.

Kelly joined NBC following a lengthy run as a Fox News anchor in 2017. Her three-year contract was worth a reported $69 million.

Following the immediate backlash of the 47-year-old's comment, some people on social media requested that NBC hand the 9 a.m. hour back to Roker and former NBC anchor Tamron Hall, who abruptly left the network the day her contract was up in February 2017. Hall's departure shook viewers across the nation, many of whom suspected she had been ousted from the network in exchange for Kelly.

"Tamron is an exceptional journalist; we valued and enjoyed her work at 'Today' and MSNBC and hoped that she would decide to stay," NBC said in a statement at the time. "We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but we wish her all the best."

Hall, who was unable to say goodbye to viewers on television due to her sudden departure, released a statement of her own: "The last 10 years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I'm grateful. I'm also very excited about the next chapter. To all my great colleagues, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you."

Amid Kelly's fallout with NBC, Hall's fans began sending her messages on Twitter, asking of her whereabouts, likely an effort to signal their desire for her return to Today.

One fan asked if anyone knew what Hall was "doing right now" and received a direct response from the journalist on Thursday. "I do!! I do!! See my pinned tweet about my syndicated talk show. Oh and raising money for @SafeHorizon Tamron Renate fund!" she wrote. "Oh and taping Season 6 of #deaglinecrime and oh 'livin' my best life.'"

The 48-year-old added, "I hope that's enough."

I do!! I do!! See my pinned tweet about my syndicated talk show. Oh and raising money for @SafeHorizon Tamron 💜Renate fund! Oh and taping Season 6 of #deadlinecrime and oh “livin’ my best life” 👀👀👀 I hope that’s enough 😉 https://t.co/s5YGdB5sjf

— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) October 25, 2018

Hall only seemed to add to fan theories about her possible return to NBC when she posted a snapshot of herself and Roker onstage at a Broadway musical on Thursday night.

Smiling ear to ear tonight with @alroker!!! Bravo Mr.Roker for an incredible performance in @WaitressMusical 🙌🏾 The entire cast lit up the stage. A magical Broadway NYC night. I’m blessed to know this icon. Yes he sings in the show!!!!! pic.twitter.com/3FUpB5kuHY

— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) October 26, 2018