Kelly made her debut as NBC morning TV host on September 25, 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot of "Today" and saying she wanted viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day".
Then came this week's controversy about her offensive comments regarding blackface Halloween costumes.
"When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".
A number of reports have said Kelly will definitely leave NBC entirely but wants the remainder of her three-year contract, which owes her approximately $50 million. "But I also think that it is partially the fault of the people who hired her because Megyn's record, how she feels about things, she says she's not PC".
Stelter chimed in on the rocky relationship Kelly has had with NBC over the past year, saying there was a lot of resentment among staff and executives, prompting co-host Alisyn Camerota to say, "She was also paid a lot".
The next day, Kelly apologized for what she'd said, saying, "Good morning everyone and welcome to the show". The new role would involve her in hard news stories rather than morning show fare. Rather than air new hours of her show the rest of the week, NBC instead broadcast pre-recorded shows on October 25 and 26.
"I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry", Kelly wrote in the email to her colleagues.
Before she ignited controversy this week defending the use of blackface, Kelly and NBC News executives had reportedly been in loose talks to find her a new role at the company amid disappointing ratings from Megyn Kelly Today.
In the latest report by NBC itself, sources said Kelly was still in discussions with executives about her future at the network. A source revealed to People that the network had been reassigning Megyn Kelly Today workers to other roles.
NBC News chairman Andy Lack denounced her comments.
"Listen, I have blackface 24/7 so it is never an issue for me".
"Megyn Kelly Today is not returning". "But no, I haven't reached out to her at this time".