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Megyn Kelly is seizing on the opportunity to highlight the obvious hypocrisy of her former television network.
Kelly lost her gig as the host of NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today in January 2019 after creating a firestorm for saying on the air that she didn’t understand why it’s considered racist to dress in blackface for Halloween.
As she now points out, it seems that selective outrage was in play at NBC, however.
Notwithstanding her apology at the time, network execs and several of her colleagues declared that Kelly’s comments were unacceptable, and she was shown the door, although she allegedly left with her contract to the tune of $69 million paid in full.
“Since then NBC has been through a whole lot of problems, including #MeToo scandal and, more recently, people pointing out the multiple times the network has aired white people wearing blackface,” Mediaite explained.
In recent days, streaming services pulled past episodes of four NBC shows– Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Scrubs, and Community — for depicting blackface. Separately, a 2012 scene from the NBC hit The Office has been edited out.
Earlier this month, parenthetically, Netflix removed at least one episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that featured characters in blackface even though fans pointed out that the script condemned the wearing of blackface.
Given the revelations about NBC, Megyn Kelly took to Twitter to perhaps take a victory lap and name names in the process.
“Turns out NBC loves blackface!,” the former host of The Kelly File on the Fox News Channel wrote.
Turns out NBC loves blackface!
Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Ted Danson, Jane Krakowski, John Hamm, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Ken Jeong, Julianne Hough … https://t.co/a1DcO3hCM9
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 27, 2020
You don’t say?
Washington Post: “[blackface] was considered acceptable quite recently … [the pulled 30 Rock episodes offer] a clear sense of what the entertainment industry tolerated” as recently as 7 or 8 years ago.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 27, 2020
Earlier, she specifically called out former NBC News boss Andrew Lack, the exec who precipitated her firing, for his virtue-signaling sanctimoniousness given that the network had aired shows with stars in blackface.
So it turns out that when Andy Lack said “there is no place on our air” for my discussion of blackface, it was b/c NBC was already chalk-full of shows and major stars actually wearing blackface … on the air … at NBC. https://t.co/6vx2Fr9rhG
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 25, 2020
As an aside, the late New York City talk show host Bob Grant, who pioneered conservative radio before it was cool and before satellite syndication was a thing, often opined that when it comes to matters of race, liberal are the ultimate hypocrites.
Kelly’s Halloween gaffe was likely only a pretext for her ouster from NBC. For one thing, Megyn Kelly Today ratings were lackluster, especially for what she was getting paid. Moreover, celebrities are a staple of daytime TV, but liberal celebrities were apparently unwilling to go on her show. NBC suits were likely unhappy that Megyn Kelly insisted on covering #MeToo allegations that included the network’s former big star Matt Lauer, the primary Today show host. Kelly didn’t make any friends internally either by championing due process rights for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Earlier this month, Megyn Kelly — who appears to be slowly working her way back into media prominence, including the recent interview with Biden accuser Tara Reade — prompted a social media controversy by questioning HBO’s decision to remove Gone With the Wind from its catalog over racial content.
Are we going to pull all of the movies in which women are treated as sex objects too? Guess how many films we’ll have left?Where does this end?? https://t.co/Bh8mqpv0l3
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 10, 2020
Switching gears from a hard-news prime-time journalist on FNC to an NBC daytime lifestyle diva was never going to work for Megyn Kelly.
By making The Kelly File an anti-Trump, Never Trump forum — which served as an approximately year-long audition for a job on one of the fake news networks — alienated Fox News viewers never followed her to NBC. And the ambitious ex-corporate lawyer never fully meshed with NBC’s politically correct culture, or its typical audience, despite her opportunistic efforts to develop or stockpile liberal street cred.
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