Tomi Lahren Defends Megyn Kelly, Says What's Happening After Blackface Comment Is 'Straight Bull'


Megyn Kelly began exit negotiations with NBC on Thursday, according to a CNN report. While news of Kelly's soon-coming exit was praised by those offended by her recent blackface comments, Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren stood up for the fallen Today host on Twitter.

"Love her or hate her, what's happening to Megyn Kelly is straight bull," Lahren wrote on Thursday.

Lahren explained she sympathized with Kelly because she suffered similar experiences in the past. "I know, because I've been through this crap before. This has nothing to do with what she said and everything to do with pinning it on something bogus to get rid of her. BS!" she wrote.

Kelly initially signed a $69 million three-year contract with NBC to appear on the 9 a.m. slot of the Today show with her own daytime program, Megyn Kelly Today. The network axed filming of Thursday and Friday's segments and instead aired reruns of Kelly's talk show. "Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week," an NBC News spokeswoman said.

There was speculation that Kelly would remain at NBC with a lesser role and she was expected to contribute to the network's coverage of the upcoming midterm elections in November. However, the network appears to be leaning toward cutting ties with Kelly altogether, according to CNN's report.

Kelly's dissolving relationship with NBC comes amid controversial comments she made regarding the use of blackface on Tuesday's show. While featuring an all-white panel, the former Fox News host challenged the idea of cultural appropriation of costumes on Halloween and suggested "political correctness has gone amok" with all the "strict rules about what you may or may not wear" as a Halloween costume.

Mocking today's so-called "costume police," Kelly went on to suggest back when she was a kid people were less sensitive regarding Halloween outfits and even blackface was OK to wear on the holiday. "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 OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character," she said.

Kelly's comments resulted in instant backlash from viewers on social media and from some of her NBC colleagues. She offered an apology to her co-workers Wednesday.

Kelly joined NBC in 2017.

This article was updated to reflected Lahren's latest comments.