Megyn Kelly is having the worst week of her career. As we reported yesterday, NBC gave the anchor the boot after making controversial comments about “black face.” This morning, Kelly woke up to even more bad news.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Kelly is now being attacked by a high-profile former Fox News colleague who argues that Kelly has been a “racist” for years–and NBC never should have hired her in the first place.
Kirsten Powers was a prominent Fox News contributor back when Kelly worked at the network. In a widely-read oped published Friday morning, Powers–who often appeared as a gust on Kelly’s Fox shows–called Kelly a racist who mad repeated bigoted remarks during her time at Fox. She called out NBC for hiring Kelly in the first place.
In her USA Today column, Powers listed several previous “racist” remarks by Kelly. She said that Kelly unfairly attacked the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election. The New Black Panther Party was accused of intimidating Republican voters as they headed to the polls.
Kelly was criticized for using the incident to argue elections were being “stolen.”
Powers wrote, “The original sin was that Kelly was hired by NBC at all. Kelly had a long track record of racial demagoguery at Fox News before she ever set foot in the NBC studios. NBC hired an unrepentant Kelly, who spoke with pride of all her work at Fox News.”
The liberal columnist said Kelly made “made one racist claim after another.” She also took issue with the time Kelly said that Santa and Jesus were white.
Kelly is currently gearing up for a legal battle with NBC; she claims they owe her the full amount stated in her contract–a whopping $69 million–even though she will not be finishing out her time at NBC.
NBC fired Kelly less than 48 hours after she defended wearing blackface on Halloween. She said, “But what is racist? Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
The very next morning, Kelly issued an apology–but apparently, that wasn’t enough. She was given the boot.
Now there are whispers that Kelly could be in preliminary talks with Fox News about returning to the network. However, it is unclear if Kelly would be able to pull down ratings. She lost much of her support amongst conservative voters when she asked Trump what was perceived as an unfair question during a 2016 GOP primary debate.