Megyn Kelly Apologizes Again For ‘Blackface’ Gaffe
Megyn Kelly is seen here speaking onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel on October 2, 2018 in Laguna Niguel, California – Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images North America.
Megyn Kelly hasn’t been shy about turning recent controversies at NBC News into fodder for her morning program at the network, according to a report by senior TV editor Brian Steinberg of the well known entertainment industry news Variety. Now NBC News is doing much the same with a blunder she made on her show Tuesday.
Both NBC Nightly News and Today have aired segments examining statements Megyn Kelly made Tuesday on her 9 a.m. program, Megyn Kelly Today, about dressing up in blackface or whiteface for Halloween. “What is racist?” she asked a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff and Melissa Rivers. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
A visibly emotional Megyn Kelly opened her broadcast Wednesday with an apology. “I want to open with two words: I’m sorry.” She added that she had no intention of adding to anyone’s pain over a deeply felt issue.
Megyn Kelly went on,” The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”
Her remarks come after she released a statement Tuesday. “Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views,” Megyn Kelly wrote. “I’ve never been a ‘pc’ kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion.”
Talk is likely to continue.