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NBC's CEO is shouldering some of the blame of Megyn Kelly's disgraceful fall from the Today Show.
The 48-year-old host was unceremoniously booted from the network following her controversial blackface comments in October where she said it was okay for white people to wear the offensive costume.
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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, 60, took part of the blame for Kelly's flopped segment saying he personally hired her, adding: 'I went over and told [Kelly] she should come here.'
Burke also clarified that NBC News Chief Andy Lack isn't getting any heat for bringing Kelly to the network in early 2017, saying he's '100 percent behind Andy', in an interview with Variety.
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'News organizations like ours should take risks...Megyn Kelly was a huge talent,' he said.
He reasoned that Kelly was at a disadvantage because her talk show Megyn Kelly Today wasn't scheduled on air at an optimal time.
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'She was at the wrong time of day (on NBC). In hindsight we shouldn’t have done it. But it wasn’t Andy going off rogue,' he said in his interview.
Last week was a victory for Kelly as she finally reached a settlement with the network which awarded her $30million, the remainder of her original $69million three-year contract, according to Huffington Post.
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