Megyn Kelly Opens Show With Emotional Apology For Blackface Comments: ‘I Was Wrong’


Megyn Kelly opened her show Wednesday by apologizing for her widely condemned comments on blackface.

“I want to begin with two words,” Kelly said at the outset of Megyn Kelly Today. “I’m sorry.”

The host, on Tuesday, came under fire for questioning why it is considered offensive for a white person to wear blackface.

“[Y]ou do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface on Halloween,” Kelly said Tuesday. “When I was a kid that was okay as long as you were dressing up like a character.”

The remarks drew heavy criticism. Kelly sent an apology email to her show’s staffers. But Today colleagues Craig Melvin and Al Roker called on Kelly to go further.

“The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is our history,” Roker said.

Kelly devoted the first two minutes of her Wednesday program to the subject.

“[Y]esterday, I learned,” Kelly said. “I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not okay for that to be part of any costume — halloween or otherwise. I have never been a p.c. kind of person. But I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity.”

Kelly added, “I was wrong and I am sorry.”

Watch above, via NBC.

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