Megyn Kelly's Today Set Has Been 'Tense,' 'Uncomfortable' Since Her Blackface Comments: Source
“I was on the set during the panel, and it wasn’t chaos. If she had sworn on TV, that would’ve been chaos. But everyone just looked at each other like ‘Oh, s—. This probably isn’t good.’ But what can you do? It’s live TV,” a source recalls of Tuesday’s episode, when Kelly, 47, questioned whether wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume is actually racist.
“You just keep doing your job and let it happen, and then hope the fallout won’t be that bad. The rest of the show went on like normal, and we all just did our jobs, and then right after the show was over, Megyn was rushed away to talk to the network, and the rest of us just waited,” the source adds.
“We knew something was going to happen, but we didn’t know what. There was a lot of discussion; some people were really offended by what she said, and others didn’t think it was all that bad,” the source continues. “I just thought that she should know better; she’s been at this for a long time. I think everyone figured that this could be the beginning of the end.”
“Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” Kelly said.
“The apology was really tense. I just held my breath and was like, ‘Oh, God, this is a nightmare.’ When she finished with the apology, I think that was the first time I breathed,” the source recalls of Kelly’s apology on Wednesday’s episode. “It was really tense and uncomfortable.”
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An NBC spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE earlier Thursday that the network will air pre-taped episodes for the rest of the week.