“I know Megyn Kelly. I happen to like Megyn Kelly,” King, 63, said during a Thursday, October 25, appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “She and I went to the Kentucky Derby two years ago, and we bonded. I think she’s a very smart cookie, very smart at what she does.”
The CBS This Morning cohost continued: “But I think she clearly stepped in it. She made a terrible mistake. And I was surprised that she would make a mistake of that kind.”
After noting again that Kelly, 47, “is smart,” King added that the Today cohost has “said a couple of things” referencing past racial comments.
“But I never wish bad on anybody, I don’t,” King concluded. “I’m not a Pollyanna girl – I’m not that — but I do feel that this is a rough time for her.”
King’s comments come just two days after Kelly expressed her offensive opinion during a discussion on inappropriate Halloween costumes during a Today show segment on Tuesday, October 23.
“But what is racist?” the TV personality said. “Because you truly 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. That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.”
Following her comments, a source confirmed to Us Weekly that Kelly was “forced out by management” at NBC News. A source close to the situation revealed on Friday, October 26, that talk of her exit has already begun.
The official Twitter account for Today tweeted at the time: “This morning, NBC News host Megyn Kelly is in talks with the network about her imminent departure, according to a source familiar with the situation.”
Kelly issued an apology both via email to her coworkers as well as to viewers on-air on Wednesday, October 24.
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