On Tuesday’s show, her comments — in that she suggested to her guest that, when she was a child, sauce in blackface was supposed “as prolonged as we were sauce adult as a character” — left many NBC News employees dumbfounded and exasperated. At a post-broadcast meeting, members of Ms. Kelly’s “Today” group voiced annoy with what she had pronounced on-air, according to several people briefed on a discussion, nonetheless Ms. Kelly was not present.
Her remarks came during a round-table contention of how, as she put it, “the dress military are enormous down” on Halloween outfits. “You do get in difficulty if we are a white chairman who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black chairman who puts on whiteface for Halloween,” Ms. Kelly said. “Back when we was a kid, that was O.K., as prolonged as we were sauce adult as a character.”
She combined that she was nonplussed by a critique of Luann de Lesseps, a expel member of “The Real Housewives of New York” who was criticized for sauce up as Diana Ross, finish with an outsize Afro wig. “People pronounced that that was racist, and we don’t know, we felt like, who doesn’t adore Diana Ross?” Ms. Kelly said, adding: “I can’t keep adult with a series of people that we’re offending only by being normal people.”
Several hours later, she emailed an reparation to colleagues. “The story of blackface in a enlightenment is abhorrent; a wounds too deep,” Ms. Kelly wrote. “I’ve never been a ‘pc’ kind of chairman — though we know that we do need to be some-more supportive in this day and age.”
“NBC Nightly News” clinging segments to Ms. Kelly’s remarks during a Tuesday and Wednesday editions. On Tuesday, a promote enclosed a Fox News shave from 2013 in that Ms. Kelly weighed in on a competition of Santa Claus. “For all we kids examination during home, Santa only is white,” she said. That same shave was shown again during Wednesday’s 7 a.m. hour of “Today.”
For NBC News, a “blackface” flare-up was nonetheless another headache.
The news multiplication has come underneath inspection for what a executives might have famous about a workplace function of Mr. Lauer before he was dismissed in 2017 after allegations of passionate nuisance were done opposite him. In May, an NBC review privileged network executives of any indiscretion in a matter, though drew critique since it was conducted by in-house counsel, rather than an outward law firm.
Mr. Brokaw was also indicted of creation neglected advances — claims that a anchor denied. And in September, a publisher Ronan Farrow and his NBC producer, Rich McHugh, indicted a network of impeding a news about Harvey Weinstein and passionate assault, an review that Mr. Farrow continued during The New Yorker. (NBC pronounced it did zero wrong.)