Megyn Kelly apologizes for defending blackface

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Today show host Al Roker recently ripped into Megyn Kelly over her blackface remarks on the show, saying that he doesn't feel her apology was sufficient. It read in part, "L$3 istening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views".

On her show Tuesday, Kelly and a panel were discussing campus attempts to discourage "inappropriate and offensive costumes" during the trick-or-treat season when Kelly asked: "What is racist?"

Megyn Kelly was forced to apologize after she questioned whether a white person dressing up as a black character or celebrity on Halloween was a racist gesture.

"But what is racist?"

On Tuesday morning's episode of Megyn Kelly Today, the former Fox News host said darkening white skin was fine "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

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HuffPost reports the blackface discussion revolved around Real Housewives of NY cast member Luann de Lesseps.

"I'm Megyn Kelly and I want to begin with two words - I'm sorry". She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. "Excuse me. This is such a basic thing for such an educated woman to know". He called on Kelly to make a second draft of her apology to include viewers. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example. She also talked about the backlash against "Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps for wearing a Diana Ross costume previous year, and said, "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween". "That's silly. It's disingenuous and it's just as ignorant and racist as the statement itself", Craig Melvin said. I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. Talk of the move was growing before this week, when Kelly wondered why "you get in trouble if you. put on blackface".

Following a social media backlash, Kelly wrote in an email to NBC News colleagues that she realized such behavior is wrong, that the history of blackface in culture is abhorrent.

For Kelly, who left Fox News in 2017 to sign a contract with NBC worth a reported $23 million a year, it was not the first time she has drawn accusations of racism.

"The costume police are cracking down like never before", she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable. This past year has been so painful for many people of color. "Thank you for listening and helping me listen too".

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