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NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Megyn Kelly swiftly apologized Tuesday for a morning show segment that questioned why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong.

Following a social media backlash, Kelly wrote in an email to NBC News colleagues that she realized such behavior is wrong, that the history of blackface in culture is abhorrent.


On her morning show, the 47-year-old news host said that dressing up in blackface was OK when she was a kid as long as you were impersonating a character. She questioned why it had been considered racist when a character on “The Real Housewives of New York” darkened her skin for a Diana Ross costume.

“I felt like, ‘Who doesn’t love Diana Ross?'” she said.

On social media, several critics drew comparisons to Kelly’s insistence while at Fox News Channel that Santa Claus was white. “I was born in the same decade as Megyn Kelly and do not recall blackface being acceptable anywhere, anytime,” tweeted Alex Wagner of CBS News.


In her email, Kelly said that she’d never been a “PC” person, “but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.

“This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that,” she wrote.



Kelly’s transition from Fox News to her own 9 a.m. hour as part of the “Today” show has been anything but smooth, and Tuesday’s incident doesn’t help.

She had an edge from the beginning of the offending segment, where she discussed Halloween costumes with a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Melissa Rivers and Jacob Soboroff.

“The costume police are cracking down like never before,” she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable. She noted that one safe suggestion was to go dressed as a letter of the alphabet, and that she had discussed that with her husband.

“I’m going to go as ‘F’ and he’s going to go as ‘U,’ she said.



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47 thoughts on “Megyn Kelly Apologizes For Suggesting Blackface OK

    • Ashley on said:

      Girl, your stupid. That’s an already made costume. You didn’t have to paint your face black idiot. I wouldn’t be suprised though if you did because white people been wanting to be us black people since the beginning of time. So please stop showing the whole damn net how dumb you are with that comment.Trying to be petty and you just came out looking stupid as fuck.

  1. Lesa Reynolds on said:

    So sick of everyone fighting about racism..she didnt mean anything bad about her comment..she isnt as racist..clean your own closets before you judge others..My God what is this world coming too..stop complaining about everything..I have blackface salt and pepper shakers does that mean Iam racist..Iam not..I love everbody..Please people stop this nonsense..

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      Lesa, Fictitious Santa Claus is White……Jesus is White….These were Megyn words…Her own comments continues to sprout with racial overtones is her problem. Are you not sick of people like her using race on their platform or is it very convenient for you to overlook such people?

      • mary ellen davis on said:

        Political correctness has gotten totally out of hand! We need to chill out and defeat racism the correct way. You can’t change a person’s heart by making them – I changed mine by becoming good friends with a fellow Black basketball player in high school. Our friendship lasted 50 years until her recent death. I taught my son not to see color and he has friends of all races and creeds. Acceptance can’t be forced with PC but must start in our hearts with the love of Jesus!

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      I have friends who happen to be White, Black, Hispanic, Oriental, Native American and others. However, I will call them out whenever they are wrong and it has nothing to do with Political Correctness. The love of Jesus is being completely HONEST with whomever it may be!

      • Michael Middleton on said:

        Brenda…..Why don’t you and your kind go to the racist websites where you can remain in denial with the rest of them?

    • Ashley on said:

      Yes, it means youre racist if you’re white just like Paula. Secondly, do your research before you make assumptions. This isn’t her first offence. So yeah, YOU AND THE BITCH ARE RACIST.

  2. What a bunch of nonentities piling on and kiking a white womwan just because she wated to go as Dianna Ross on Halloween! And you wonder why race relations are still not perfect in the US. PS – – I was in the Peace Corps in Tanzania – – what have YOU done to improve race3 relations?

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    Michael Middleton, stop trying to be reasonable with racists and fools. You understand history and appreciate why Black Americans started to build their own institutions and infrastructure. Racists want to forget separate but equal. Racists love to forget the National Guard escorting black kids to a white school. Racists love to tell us that it was long ago that Thurgood Marshall could not attend a white Law School (what a blessing for Howard U). Racists love to forget when a black woman won an Academy Award and she couldn’t sit down with her white counterparts and enjoy the ceremony. So how dare blacks build the BET and NAACP Awards. How dare blacks build Institutions of Higher Learning. What were those N words thinking? Just because a few crumbs are thrown at black people; how dare you not trust us white people and tear down those institutions and organizations. Michael – these #45 puppets have tried to build their own reality. Luckily, real history and the truth can still be found.

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      Ted….I can sincerely appreciate your sentiments. You are 100% correct. Unreasonable and irrational fools are a complete waste of anyone’s time. Their imaginary fears and twisted insecurities will forever keep them from learning the truth concerning others who are different from themselves. It’s actually very sad and unfortunate that these backward thinking people find their joy in keeping others from living in peace and harmony. Again, thank you for your keen and supportive thoughtfulness.

  4. Bobby Covington on said:

    Black this and Black only that is ok. But as soon as a white person says something all hell breaks lose. I am sick of it. Anyone who watches this woman on TV would know she could not purposely hurt anyone no mater what color their face is. What if whites put ads on TV and radio that are only available to whites. Shit would hit the fan. Negro College Fund/ White College Fund. Their are many other such instances that offend me because negros say or offer things only to blacks. You can’t have it one way.

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      If many Caucasians were able to look inside (introspection) their own hearts, they could better understand “Black this and Black that”. Many Caucasians constantly denigrate and mistreat other races of people then have the audacity to “blame the victims”. Many Caucasians want to see themselves and be seen by others as innocent angels while continuously doing evil actions.

    • Ashley on said:

      You’re stupid as fuck. Fuck her, and her whole family. I’m so sick of white people having any and everything and then having the nerve to be worried about what little other cultures do have. White people stay playing the no “we’re the victim card, not you” Every holiday belongs to white ppl, all college funds are for white people damn near,all scholarships, most college’s. Let’s not act like all white schools, bars, stores, neighborhoods, destinations, restuarants, and clubs etc.are not specifically for white ppl ONLY. Nobody’s just not real enough to really announce it. So miss me with your bullshit. I would have a real debate with you but I won’t waste my time or your brain cells to have one bc you think black friday is only for black people. Tell your friends and family to stop hiding behind masks, guns, fake social media accounts, bs smiles, badges, clubs, and that 1 blk “friend” Megyn Kelly should have her ass beat dumb bitch.

      • Michael Middleton on said:

        Ashley….Unfortunately these racists are too ignorant and blind to understand what we are attempting to convey. Common sense and empathy are their biggest challenge to manage in life, if not impossible.

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      Jeff…Because if you fully understood the historical racist past and present, everything in the dominate culture has been and is solely implied “White” America. Why do you think, “Make America Great Again” is the current racist slogan?

  5. I don’t think she said anything wrong. They made Bing Crosby dress up as black face in one of his movies. And yet we all still loved him. I really think it was wrong for the network to fire her.

  6. Cyndra Schwab on said:

    Why was it so wrong for Megyn to dress very tastefully as Diana Ross but the Waynan Brothers can do a movie as White Chicks. Is there a double standard and if so why?

    • Of course, there’s a double standard and the reason why is simply that we can practice it without anyone objecting because no one wants to be labeled the R word. It’s the same with comedians. They mock, denigrate and call other races derogatory names and it’s all fun and games. Until a white comedian gets on stage and imitates, mocks or call a black person a name. Then that comedian is out of business. It’s gotten ridiculous. I don’t even think a lot of black people are offended by some things that are said. They just like the idea of saying “JUMP!” and waiting for white folks to say “HOW HIGH!” Kind of like how people come on this site and say really stupid shit just so they can sit back and laugh when everyone gets pissed off and fires off nasty replies. Like I said in an earlier post, the lunatics are definitely running the asylum.

  7. Fo sho-this woman has never hidden who she is. I first saw her on Fox and she let you know where she was coming from. THAT’S WHY I DON’T LOOK AT HER SHOW. But I see Blacks still want to be on her show. Who’s lost?

  8. americanize on said:

    Just b/c Megyn is on nbc doesn,t mean a thing all white own news organizations are team white supremacy,you think nbc don,t know she’s a racist devil.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      All major news networks are owned by racist even the ones who pretend to be liberal. The fact NBC hired this Supremacist ho fox reject obvious shows they’re just as racist.

  9. youdontneedtoknowwhoiam on said:

    that trick Megan Kelley have been a racist since day one. She took over a black woman’s job, she makes more than the person who she took the job from, she is from fox news, she said santa is white and so is God.. Really yall? Her apologies don’t mean shit to me. fire that trick. Time to boycott nbc just like we do other programs, racists, and liars.. yall know NBC stands for NO BLACK COONS/ABC stands for ALL BLACK COMPANY/CBS stands for COMPETENT BLACK STATUS. For real, for real. Boycott NBC!! get that trick outta there!!!!!!

  10. Mac Daddy on said:

    We get so butt hurt over the smallest things, but the big issues, black on black crime, we silent on. #WalkAway Peeps and leave D and Ted and their vile hatred alone on the plantation

  11. Her statement served as an apology is worthless. Out of the heart flows the issues of life – – she is who she is and what she is – – a racist, bigot POS. She really should go back to the network where the likes of this is spewed on a daily basis…that’s home for her.

  12. I don’t understand how Meagan never understand how her racism isn’t racism. What exactly did nbc think they were getting from fox news? She said Santa was white and so was God, how she keeps getting a pass with her ignorance is beyond me, might be time to BOYCOTT nbc til they get it

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