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Megyn Kelly Apologizes After Halloween Blackface Comment

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Megyn Kelly tearfully apologized on Wednesday’s episode of Megyn Kelly TODAY after the backlash she received from her comments defending blackface.

Kelly took to Twitter to post her apology. “I want to begin with two words, I’m sorry..The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor..Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.” Megyn Kelly,” she tweeted.

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“You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes… I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, that it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry,” Kelly said.

“One of the great parts of sitting in this chair is getting to discuss different points of view,” Kelly added. “Sometimes I talk, and sometimes I listen. Yesterday, I learned. 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 of being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity,” she continued. “This past year has been so painful for many people of color, the country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor. And I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too.”

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Kelly reached out to her colleagues on Tuesday to apologize for her controversial comments.

Kelly commented about blackface on Tuesday. “What is racist? Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person that puts on whiteface for Halloween,” she said. “And back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character,” she said.

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