‘Today’ Show Returns - With Megyn Kelly Nowhere To Be Found!

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Kelly has since made an on-air apology, stating, "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in very bad ways by racists in this country it is not ok for that to be part of any costume. this past year has been so painful for many people of colour, the country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offence".

NBC announced last Friday that it was cancelling Kelly's hour of "Today" following the backlash surrounding her comments on dressing up in blackface.

"I was wrong and I am sorry", she said. The remarks triggered outrage at NBC and beyond, prompting her to apologize on the air.

NBC was looking to turn the page on Monday morning from last week's public relations nightmare that was Megyn Kelly's impassioned and ignorant defense of white people wearing Blackface.

Kelly's lawyer was quick to issue a statement in the wake of that announcement, saying: 'Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing'.

A number of reports have said Kelly will definitely leave NBC entirely but wants the remainder of her three-year contract, which owes her approximately $50 million. The show's ratings were reportedly low compared to her competitors'.

But she had a bumpy road once she reached NBC.

Kelly had been at Fox News since 2004, starting as a contributor and reporter before winning her own show. It's unclear whether she will receive a new role within NBC News or leave the network.

As for a possible long-term replacement for Kelly, NBC executives are reportedly in talks with The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson.

"[The $23 million figure] means that Kelly's remuneration package is bested only by Matt Lauer - who has been at NBC for 23 years - and has an estimated salary of $25 million", The Daily Beast's Tom Sykes pointed out at the time.

Kelly's negotiating leverage regarding her exit package appears to be enhanced since Lack, who was a major player in Kelly's firing, is now on the hot seat.

We don't know exactly what NBC pays Roker for appearing on Today, but given that he's spent more than 20 years on the show and is immensely popular with viewers, we bet it's a substantial amount.

As a result, the reveal of who was replacing Kelly was delayed for some time, with Kotb finally announcing halfway through the hour that Hager would be taking over the show after the commercial break. Along the way, she struggled to find a consistent audience.

On Monday, hosts Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin filled in for Megyn Kelly, whose show was officially canceled this past Friday after she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes.

The former star from Fox News had a short, rocky stretch at NBC. "She was never able to overcome her Fox image". In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white". "That's hard to overcome, and then - especially moving to daytime - she had a number of hurdles to jump over".

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