Hours after arguing that blackface on Halloween isn’t a big deal on the Megyn Kelly Today, host Megyn Kelly issued an apology to her colleagues. 

In the apology, Kelly stated that she had reconsidered her views and that she was sorry for her original comments. 

“One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions,” the former Fox News anchor wrote in a statement. “Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views.”

“When we had the roundtable discussion earlier today about the controversy of making your face look like a different race as part of a Halloween costume, I suggested that this seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others,” she wrote. “I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep,” Kelly continued.

On Tuesday morning during her Megyn Kelly Today show, Kelly questioned what the big deal was about blackface. 

“What is racist? You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween,” Kelly said. “When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”


Once word got out, thousands of people over social media fact-checked Kelly on her views about blackface, including celebrities such as Patton Oswalt, Padma Lakshmi and W. Kamau Bell.

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