Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren has defended Megan Kelly, following reports that the NBC host will lose her daytime show over remarks she made questioning whether the use of blackface as a Halloween costume was racist.
And yet despite all that, NBC paid her a jaw-dropping sum to ditch the conservative Fox News and take up shop with the network, offering Kelly a reported $69 million for a three-year contract. Her show drew tepid ratings, and she at times rankled guests on her program.
"I think that the management has to take some responsibility in it, she has to take some responsibility in it, and also her representatives have to take some responsibility in it", Lemon stated. She's a good person, a wonderful mom, wife, sister, friend and human being.
"Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character", she said on the show. "But you know, I feel now everybody is sort of piling on Megyn Kelly all at one time and I always think that's a very hard position to be in".
"Some people said that was racist", she said.
"This is what I know", she continued.
"I can not believe the ignorance on this in 2018", Padma Lakshmi wrote on Twitter.
Unlike a number of other African American on-air personalities-including Al Roker and Amber Ruffin, both of whom were praised by NBC for lashing out against Kelly-Lemon refrained from accusing Kelly of racism. Kelly wrote in part in the email, which was obtained by ABC News. "That's what I want to do", she said.
"I learned that given the history of blackface being used in bad ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise".
Then came this week's controversy about her offensive comments regarding blackface Halloween costumes. To demean and denigrate a race wasn't right.
Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly. Kelly burnt bridges at Fox after she publicly discussed sexual harassment she said she faced from the late Roger Ailes, the channel's co-founder. "She said something indefensible".
Kelly apologized for her comment on the air the very next day, but it appears as though it was the final straw for NBC.
Kelly, 47, would have been of Halloween costume age about, say 40-ish years ago, in the 70's.