Sources Reveal NBC Was Looking for a Reason To Throw Megyn Kelly Under the Bus


What do comedian Roseanne and talk show host Megyn Kelly have in common? If sources are accurate, it may be — in the minds of some — that both worked for networks all too happy to use any excuse to get rid of them. And both made comments that were used as such an excuse.

Also like Roseanne, Kelly offered an apology. And it didn’t make a difference.

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And now, The Daily Wire reported that network sources are saying her show cancellation “doesn’t have much to do with her questioning if it was necessarily ‘racist’ for someone to change their skin tone for Halloween.”

Mediaite noted that NBC seemed to have it in for Kelly since before her blackface comment.

Points made by Mediaite include how anonymous network sources apparently leaked stories to the press about Kelly’s NBC colleagues not liking her. And also how it seemed as if the network had set her up to fail from the beginning.

“From placing her Sunday magazine show in the same time slot as the ratings juggernaut 60 Minutes, to snubbing her at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang alongside other Today Show hosts and inviting ex-NBCer Katie Couric instead, it seemed just from an outsider’s perspective alone that Kelly was never exactly welcomed.” Mediaite then listed the slew of NBC hosts who bashed her on air, concluding that “NBC was no longer just backstabbing her off-camera, they were conspiring her demise on-camera.”

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This is hardly surprising behavior given a report (behind a paywall) from The Washington Post.

It claimed: “In interviews, a half-dozen current and former NBC staffers, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, outlined a compounding list of problems: Inside the building, colleagues had grown envious of her large salary, exasperated by her on-air gaffes and disdainful of her low ratings.”

And yet, just like with Roseanne, there is also some blatant hypocrisy at work in Kelly’s case. The Twitterverse was quick to point it out.

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But the hypocrisy charge wasn’t laid just at the feet of networks. A claim was made that her representation has also shown hypocrisy:

For some, it wasn’t even just about the hypocrisy. It was that her comment was taken out of context and firing her was an overreaction to any perceived harm.

According to The Associated Press, even though her show was cancelled, she remains an NBC employee, at least for now. What happens next is under negotiation between the network and her attorneys.

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