Megyn Kelly's Colleagues Publicly Blast Her Comments

She addresses her Tuesday remarks about blackface on Wednesday's show
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2018 10:25 AM CDT
Megyn Kelly Says She Has Learned Blackface Is Not OK
This Sept. 21, 2017, file photo shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show, "Megyn Kelly Today," at NBC Studios in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Megyn Kelly apologized to her colleagues on Tuesday for the comments she made about blackface during a Megyn Kelly Today segment on Halloween costumes. On Wednesday, she apologized to everybody else. She opened her show with the following (video here): "I want to begin with two words, I'm sorry. ... I defended the idea [of blackface], saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry. ... I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise. I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity."

Time notes that colleagues like Al Roker didn't seemed satisfied by Kelly's Tuesday email. "She owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history, going back to the 1830s, minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race," he said prior to her show. CNN characterizes Roker and other Today show personalities as having a "remarkably candid conversation" about what Kelly said during the show's 7am hour, with Craig Melvin diving in as well to call Kelly's comments "stupid" and "indefensible." Read Kelly's original remarks on the topic here. (Read more Megyn Kelly stories.)

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