Charlize Theron dresses as Megyn Kelly on Roger Ailes movie set

Emmett Rice
October 27, 2018

Kelly made her debut as NBC morning TV host on September 25, 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot of "Today" and saying she wanted viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day".

NBC has officially canceled Megyn Kelly's show "Megyn Kelly Today" the Associated Press confirmed Friday.

Unlike a number of other African American on-air personalities-including Al Roker and Amber Ruffin, both of whom were praised by NBC for lashing out against Kelly-Lemon refrained from accusing Kelly of racism.

Kirsten Powers, who worked as a contributor at Fox News Channel and appeared on Kelly's talk show, penned an op-ed reminding the world of her former colleague's racist past.

The show's 40 or so employees will reportedly remain with Today, NBC News reports, but the future of executive producer Jacklyn Levin is unclear, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.

A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time.

NBC News chairman Andy Lack denounced her comments.

"'Megyn Kelly Today" is not returning.

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Thursday's live show was replaced by a pre-taped episode.

Kelly apologized for the comments on Wednesday's show.

In Theron's new movie, which does not have an official release date yet, the Oscar victor co-stars with John Lithgow, who's playing Kelly's former Fox News boss Roger Ailes, and Nicole Kidman playing Fox News commentator Gretchen Carlson.

It wasn't enough to rescue her or the program, however, as NBC News reported Friday morning she is negotiating her exit from the network.

"NBC News staffers were calling her show a "disaster" well before this latest controversy", CNN reports. "Blood coming out of her wherever". But I also think that it is partially the fault of the people who hired her because Megyn's record, how she feels about things, she says she's not PC.

While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. She has accused Fox co-founder Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. Ailes died in May 2017.

She also created controversy with her stance on race.

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