The blackface controversy may have sealed the fate of Megyn Kelly Today. Sources tell Variety that Megyn Kelly has been in talks with NBC execs about abandoning the 9am morning show for a possible new role at NBC News. An insider close to Kelly says both sides are ready for a change and discussions about ending the show began even before the latest controversy. "Where do you think Megyn Kelly would be happier, as part of big breaking news or forced to cover light-hearted stories that traditionally work at 9am?" the source says. CNN, citing "two people familiar with the matter," reports that Kelly's show is definitely ending, and probably soon: The sources say Kelly will not be hosting Thursday's show and might not return at all.
In another setback for Kelly, she has parted ways with talent agency CAA but a planned move to UTA has fallen through because of the controversy, Deadline reports. She has instead hired Hollywood attorney Bryan Freedman for expected settlement talks with NBC. Sources tell Variety that NBC News chairman Andy Lack, who hired Kelly away from Fox in early 2017, addressed the issue in a town hall meeting with staffers Wednesday, saying: "There is no other way to put this but I condemn those remarks, there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate." (On Wednesday's show, Kelly said that she had learned blackface is not OK as part of a costume, "Halloween or otherwise.")