Megyn Kelly was handed a notice of dismissal by the NBC because of her remarks about Luann de Lesseps, who darkened her skin to dress as Diana Ross and was later called racist.
“And people said that that was racist. And I don’t know! I thought like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween,” said Kelly with regard to Lesseps’ actions.
Unfortunately, this got her fired.
However, what many major news networks failed to mentioned is their inconsistency when it comes to people darkening their skin for such purposes. In 2000, when Jimmy Kimmel, appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” with a blackface, pretending to be NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone nobody batted an eye.
This is what Kimmel said when mimicking Malone:
“Sometime at night, Karl Malone look up at sky and say, “What the hell goin’ on up there? Do UFO live on other planet, phonin’ home like E.T.?’ Karl Malone read on TV about white people gettin’ deducted (sic) by alien, speakin’ all kind of hell up they butt. And that’s a damn thing. Now, Karl Malone never seen no flyin’ saucer itself, but if he do, that goin’ to be a spooky time. That’s why Karl Malone say, ‘Government got to step up and give 102% to keepin’ them little green men of this here earth, ‘cause the day them dudes sticks somethin’ up Karl Malone butt, well, that ain’t gonna be no good time for nobody, especially Karl Malone butt. Listen up, E.T.’ you better stay the hell back. Nanoo, nanoo. Until next time, this here Karl Malone.”
Nevertheless, Kelly was fired.
“There is no other way to put this: I condemn those remarks; there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them,” stated Andy Lack, the head of NBC news.
But Kimmel not only wore blackface but also mocked Malone for speaking broken English.
Could this have to do with Kelly’s ratings? The Wrap reported that “from September 2017 to September 2018, Kelly’s 9 a.m. ET show fell 13 percent overall.”
“The decline versus Septembers 2016-2017 was twice as bad on a percentage basis among adults 25-54, the key demographic for news programming. “Megyn Kelly Today” also shed 26 percent of its viewers ages 18-49, and it was actually off two points more than that among young women …” added the report.