The fact that Megyn Kelly is slated to receive a veritable golden parachute on her way out from NBC, from where she was fired this week over allegedly controversial remarks she’d made about “blackface,” has provoked outrage from the network’s black employees.
“How dare she? Who the hell does she think she is?” one unnamed employee said to the Daily Mail. “Her blackface comments were bad but falsely playing the #MeToo card is the worst form of white privilege I have ever seen.”
The employee seems to believe that Kelly is attempting to use her #MeToo efforts — which reportedly include helping expose NBC’s own sexual abuse problems — to collect a golden parachute. It’s unclear whether that’s actually the case.
Following the former NBC talk show host’s termination, a report emerged that her attorney, Bryan Freedman, has requested a meeting with the network’s executives and asked that journalist Ronan Farrow be allowed to attend.
Farrow won a Pulitzer earlier this year for his in-depth investigative reporting, which last year helped out Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein as a serial abuser and make the #MeToo movement go viral, and which likewise spurred Kelly into helping expose NBC’s own problems.
“[A]s stories from the #MeToo movement broke, Kelly took Hollywood’s most powerful abusers to task, platforming some of the very first Harvey Weinstein victims that came forward,” the Washington Examiner notes.
“Amid the stunning realization that NBC News had attempted to silence the groundbreaking stories of former employee Ronan Farrow, who later published his #MeToo reporting in the New Yorker, Kelly publicly and persistently called for an independent investigation of NBC’s methods and motives.”
It’s believed by some that the former host’s criticism of NBC was what actually triggered her termination, not the remarks she’d made in support of kids being allowed to dress in blackface and whiteface for Halloween.
Those remarks can be heard below:
The black NBC employees that the Daily Mail spoke with appear to think that Kelly invited Farrow to her upcoming meeting so that she can claim her termination was in fact inspired by her #MeToo efforts and use this to argue that she deserves the full $69 million stipulated by her contract.
“Lots of people were willing to give her a clean slate after the whole white Santa thing, but she showed her true colors this week,” another employee said, referencing the time that Kelly had rightly noted that Santa Clause has always been depicted as white.
“If she truly had remorse and felt like she was wrong she should take no money and go into hiding. But she’s greedy and entitled,” yet another employee complained.
Because of the wording of Kelly’s original contract with NBC, however, she’s always been guaranteed the full $69 million stipulated by it as payment for her hosting duties.
NBC’s black employees were also critical of the now-unemployed host’s apology, which can be heard below:
“She had no respect for the African American staff on her team and her apology was both fake and dismissive,” one employee said.
“We knew this was coming,” another added. “It had been the talk of NBC for months that she’d use the gender card to protect herself. She knew she was failing so she needed a fail safe plan, so pretending to be the #MeToo champion who aggressively confronted the bad guys was all a ploy to ensure she was never fired.”
“But her dark underbelly showed through and she did this to herself. Her passionate defense of Kavanaugh was the first stage of revealing her faux #metoo outrage as it reinforced what we all knew — the only woman she cared about was herself.”
It’s unclear what the employee means, since Kelly’s defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had been inspired by the fact that all the “evidence” against the justice was unsubstantiated and flimsy at best.
“If she wants Ronan in the room great, then NBC should have Al Sharpton handle the final negotiations with her,” the anti-Kavanaugh employee concluded.
The reactions on social media to the Daily Mail’s interview with employees were surprisingly not critical of Kelly but rather her critics, whom Twitter users blasted for their “selective outrage.”
Oh dear. Self-pity. Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me. Lighten up. And go and prove the world wrong.
— shanselah (@shanselah) October 26, 2018
Privilege is for both blacks and whites, but there are conditions: Family, faith, education, standards, values, boundaries, law, order, commitment, community, selflessness, wisdom & HARD WORK. And to stop blaming others for what you can & should do for yourself!
— shanselah (@shanselah) October 26, 2018
Boohoo, get over it she apologized!! It’s not just a black and white world ppl!!! There’s other ethnicity’s and you don’t hear us crying because something stupid was said!!! Please just stfu!!!!
— SorryNotSorry (@vperot) October 26, 2018
Megyn Kelly wasn’t “defending blackface” – she remembered it being OK when she was a kid for dressing up as your black hero – not for a minstrel show. She was wrong, but that’s a conversation, not a fireable offense. Are we living in the university now?https://t.co/mV66TY0LME
— Abigail Shrier (@AbigailShrier) October 26, 2018
Black NBC staffers hurt by Megyn Kelly’s ‘white privilege’
I am so tired of this outrage about blackface while “White Chicks” was on BET last night!!!! Why is that ok? Can anyone explain this to me? BS double standard. https://t.co/nFIouSda0m
— Martin a Patriot (@pfiec) October 26, 2018
— TonyClifton (@TonyClifton77) October 26, 2018
Selective outrage? These so called celebrities and media types crack me up. pic.twitter.com/PMwN3Pi4np
— Richard ?? (@Barbara65670464) October 26, 2018
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