Megyn Kelly Issues An Apology Over Blackface Comment Made During ‘Megyn Kelly Today’
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.”
Here's the email Megyn Kelly sent to colleagues today apologizing for her comments on blackface Halloween costumes pic.twitter.com/cOVW1QWJB6
— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) October 23, 2018
“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.”
Dear @megynkelly — you and I are approximately the same age. Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids. Take it from a big-hearted boy who just wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell on the worst Halloween of my life. https://t.co/pnsk0WmuTw
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 23, 2018
I cannot believe the ignorance on this in 2018. You are on national television. You have a responsibility to educate yourself on social issues @megynkelly. This is so damaging. https://t.co/R7UJzkDDG9 https://t.co/7qFkqGHfGJ
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 23, 2018
.@megynkelly – "I don't get why Black face is so offensive?"
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) October 23, 2018