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Kelly Clarkson Might Replace Megyn Kelly On ‘Today’ After Her Reported Firing

25 October 2018

Kelly also wondered why some people were upset that Luann de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of NY "made her skin darker than it really is" to dress up as Diana Ross. On the subject of blackface, Kelly expressed, "What is racist?" She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day? Kelly, 47, inked a three-year $69-million contract with NBC in January 2017. After Matt Lauer's departure, Kelly is reportedly the network's highest paid talent.

Aside from the morning show, Kelly was brought on to NBC to host a Sunday night news magazine show.

NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff, who was on the panel when Kelly made her comments, called the remarks "vile" on Twitter and said he was sorry for not speaking up at the table.

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Kelly promptly released an apology.

She quickly apologized for her statements, and acknowledged that she didn't know enough about the history of blackface. "For me, as a lawyer, it's always better if you just send it outside". It goes back to the 1930s when Warner Oland played Charlie Chan.

"The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense", she said in a tweet Wednesday. Kelly was the number one host on Fox News, a network she left amid a storm of sexual harassment allegations against the then network president, Roger Ailes, including allegations made by Kelly herself. "The viewer response has been awesome, and I am so grateful to have all of you giving us a chance".

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Attorney Bryan Freedman is expected to meet with NBC executives "as soon as Friday", said Davidson Goldin, a spokesman for Kelly.

I nearly didn't blog the blackface silliness last night, so trivial did it seem, but I'm glad I did given how quickly she was un-personed afterward.

The comments drew immediate backlash across social media and, perhaps more importantly, her bosses and colleagues at NBC. "There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them. Very unfortunate", Lack reportedly said. Suddenly she was off the air, perhaps voluntarily; her staff was allegedly in an uproar about the "toxic environment" on set; she parted ways with her agent; and then the cast of "House of Cards", which was led past year by yet another longtime #MeToo malefactor, wouldn't appear on her show.

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After criticism surfaced about her costume, she said she was tanned and used a bronzer, but was not trying to appear in blackface.

Kelly Clarkson Might Replace Megyn Kelly On ‘Today’ After Her Reported Firing