Several Black staffers at NBC are sounding off against Megyn Kelly, who is negotiating with the network about getting her full contract deal of $69 million even if though her show has been removed from the 9 a.m. Today block.
Several employees spoke with DailyMail.com and said they are “deeply hurt” and “appalled” that Kelly may say she is being terminate because of her coverage of the #MeToo movement and criticism of NBC’s scandals.
Bryan Freedman, Kelly’s attorney, requested that reporter Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, be present for the meeting with NBC executives. Some believe this is Kelly’s attempt to show that her coverage of #MeToo and suggestion that NBC News should undergo an external investigation led to her rift with the network.
Black employees at NBC were not only horrified by Kelly’s remarks regarding blackface on Halloween, but they are particularly upset that she is using a movement which she often criticized.
“Her blackface comments were bad but falsely playing the #MeToo card is the worst form of white privilege I have ever seen,” one employee said.
This move seems particularly odd for Kelly, who came under fire for her opinions surrounding the testimony of Dr. Christine Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
During coverage of the hearing, Kelly said that automatically believing a woman goes against our judicial system.
"If there is a presumption of guilty in all cases, how are we going to get people to listen to us?" she asked on her show.
Additionally, it appears the atmosphere at Kelly’s show was never healthy for the staff members of color.
“She had no respect for the African-American staff on her team and her apology was both fake and dismissive,” one employee told DailyMail.com.
“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.”
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