'Megyn Kelly Today' officially canceled by NBC

"Megyn Kelly Today" has officially been canceled.

NBC released a statement on Friday revealing that Megyn Kelly's 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show is no longer, confirming earlier reports sourced to NBC insiders.

"'Megyn Kelly Today' is not returning," the statement read. "Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other 'Today' co-anchors."

The statement did not confirm whether or not Kelly is leaving NBC altogether, though Kelly's newly-hired lawyer Bryan Freedman released a statement of his own noting that the television personality's time at the network isn't officially done, despite reports on Thursday claiming otherwise.

"Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing," Freedman said.

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Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric last year that at the time, she didn't have much ambition. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was 15.

Source: The Washington Post

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Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.

Source: Elle Magazine

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Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel & Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.

Source: Fox News

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Kelly entered the media sphere in 2003, when she started working as a general assignment reporter for an ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. She covered multiple stories of national interest, including the 2004 presidential race.

Source: The Washington Post and Fox News

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Kelly joined Fox News one year later, in 2004. Former CNN President Jonathan Klein told The New York Times in 2015 that he regretted not hiring Kelly when she was starting out because she was "the one talent you'd want to have from somewhere else."

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Kelly quickly established herself as a leading voice in political journalism while at Fox. She provided wall-to-wall coverage of critical events like the 2013 government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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She also gained recognition for her take-no-prisoners approach to interviewing politicians and high-level officials from both sides of the aisle.

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In one attention-grabbing interview, she asked Republican strategist Karl Rove an awkward question when during the 2012 election, when he was forecasting the numbers Republican candidate Mitt Romney needed to win the election: "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?"

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Her tenure at the network was not without controversy, though. Kelly attracted sharp criticism in 2013 following a segment during which she told the "kids watching at home" that "Santa just is white" and that "Jesus was a white man, too."

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Kelly was roundly criticized for the segment's historical inaccuracy — Santa Claus can be traced back to a real-life monk named St. Nicholas who was from Turkey — and for its racial undertones.

Source: The History Channel

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The segment was lampooned by late-night political satire shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

"Who are you actually talking to?" Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked after playing Kelly's segment, during which she addressed "all you kids watching at home."

"Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o'clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn't white?" Stewart asked, drawing cheers from the audience. 

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Critics have also accused Kelly, who came out as an Independent in 2015, of adopting a double standard in her reporting.

Source: Business Insider, Variety

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Megyn Kelly, host of America Live on set at Fox News studios in New York. Fox News Channel celebrated its 15th anniversary on the air on October 7th.

Things took a turn during a Republican primary debate in 2015 when Kelly became part of the news cycle itself. After she questioned then-Republican candidate Donald Trump about his behavior towards women, Trump implied Kelly had been vindictive and said she had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her...wherever."

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The remark, which many perceived as sexist, drew immediate and sustained criticism from observers, while Kelly garnered support from both sides of the political spectrum.

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It wasn't all rosy for the Fox News anchor, though. Kelly told late night host Jimmy Fallon a few months later that she could "no longer go on Twitter" because of the harassment she experienced from Trump and his fans.

Source: The Tonight Show

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The incident, and Kelly's pushback against it, made her something of a cultural icon during the election. She was even a featured guest during the 2016 "Women In The World" summit hosted by Katie Couric.

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"It is bizarre, it's surreal," Kelly said of her experience with Trump and covering the campaign. She added that she didn't enjoy seeing her own name in the headlines and that she looked forward to moving on from it.

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Kelly again came under the spotlight later that year, when she defended former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who had accused Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct.

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While other network powerhouses like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly leaped to Ailes' defense, Kelly backed Carlson and even encouraged another female Fox News anchor to speak out about the alleged harassment she'd faced from Ailes.

Source: New York Magazine

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Kelly later wrote about her own experience with Ailes. At one point, he was "trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips," she wrote in her book, "Settle For More."

Source: The Daily Beast

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After Carlson made her allegations against Ailes public, the network approached Kelly several times to defend the CEO, she wrote, but "there was no way I was going to lie to protect him."

Source: "Settle For More" via The Daily Beast

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Throughout the next few months, the network saw a string of high-profile departures that began with Ailes stepping down, host Greta van Susteren leaving to take a job at MSNBC, and finally, Kelly announcing her own departure to NBC.

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Her new, multi-year contract with the network gives Kelly several prominent roles, The New York Times reported earlier this year: she will host a daytime news and talk show, a Sunday night news program, and she will take point on covering prominent breaking stories and political events for the network.

Source: The New York Times

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Kelly had already stepped into her new position prior to debuting her daytime talk show on Monday. Earlier this year, she interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in a segment that earned mixed reviews. Many critics felt she didn't press Putin hard enough on his record on human rights and Russia's election interference.

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She also interviewed Alex Jones, an alt-right icon, strong supporter of Donald Trump, and the founder of far-right website InfoWars.

Source: NBC News

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On Monday, she told her new studio audience that she was "kind of done with politics."

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However, Kelly wore a shirt that had a "pussy bow," a feature that gained traction after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, during which Trump demeaned women and said he could "grab 'em by the p---y," leaked last year. So whether she really plans to stay away from the political fray remains to be seen.

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Freedman reportedly had a meeting with NBC News execs over the phone on Friday, with the main issue at hand being whether or not the network will pay Kelly the remainder of her reported $69 million contract. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Freedman also hopes to "keep her non-compete clause as short as possible," meaning she would be free to go work at a rival network as quickly as possible.

Page Six notes that, despite "Megyn Kelly Today" being canceled, her staff of around 200 will continue working at the 9 a.m. hour of "Today."

The development comes three days after Kelly's defense of blackface on Halloween caused a national uproar on Tuesday's episode of her show. Though she apologized to her team via email on Tuesday and to her viewers on Wednesday's episode of "Megyn Kelly Today," NBC pulled her from "Today" on Thursday and Friday, during which the network opted to air reruns amid speculation that Kelly would be leaving NBC for good.

"Megyn Kelly Today" controversially replaced Tamron Hall and Al Roker's popular "Today's Take" when she joined the network from Fox News last year. Roker remained on "Today," while Hall left the network and is currently developing a talk show at ABC.

More to come.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Tamron Hall attends the Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Television show host Tamron Hall enters the 'AOL Build' taping at the AOL Studios on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Tamron Hall speaks onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival )
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: (L-R) Kristi Henderson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Niecy Nash, Tamron Hall, Mary J. Blige, Monica and Queen Latifah pose backstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival )
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Anchorwoman Tamron Hall attends the Apollo Spring Gala 2017 at The Apollo Theater on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Tamron Hall attends 7th Annual PowHERful Foundation New Orleans To New York Galaat Tribeca Rooftop on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Tamron Hall visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Tamron Hall attends The Paley Honors: Celebrating Women in Television at Cipriani Wall Street on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (L-R) Tamron Hall, Soledad O'Brien, and Robin Roberts speak onstage during MTV's 2017 College Signing Day With Michelle Obama at The Public Theater on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Barbara Corcoran and Tamron Hall attend Housing Works' Groundbreaker Awards Dinner 2017 at Metropolitan Pavilion on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Broadcaster Tamron Hall attends the 2017 Success Makers Summit at Spring Place on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Broadcaster Tamron Hall attends BET's Pre-Grammy Brunch at The Four Seasons Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: TV personality Tamron Hall attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Broadcaster Tamron Hall attends BET's Pre-Grammy Brunch at The Four Seasons Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Tamron Hall attends the 14th annual Woman's Day Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: TV personalities Trevor Noah (L) and Tamron Hall attend Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)

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Pictured: Tamron Hall appears on NBC News' 'Today' show 

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Sheinelle Jones, Tamron Hall, Carson Daly and Dylan Dreyer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Moderator/TV personality Tamron Hall attends The 2nd Annual Paleyfest New York Presents: 'The Walking Dead' at Paley Center For Media on October 11, 2014 in New York, New York.

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall and Willie Geist appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Media personality Tamron Hall poses for a photo on the red carpet at the 12th annual Keepers Of The Dream Awards at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on April 15, 2010 in New York City.

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South Korean singer Psy laughs with Savannah Guthrie and Tamron Hall as Matt Lauer dances following a performance by the singer on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Center in New York May 3, 2013.

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TODAY -- Pictured: Tamron Hall appears on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Cheryl Hines and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Tamron Hall appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Pictured: Tamron Hall appears on NBC news' 'Today' show

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Tamron Hall appears to promote 'Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on August 1, 2016 in New York City.

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BRAG President Gail Monroe Perry, Estee Lauder Sr. VP, Local & Cultural Relevancy Susan Akaad, and TV personality Tamron Hall attend the BRAG 42nd annual Scholarship and Awards gala at Pier 60 on October 19, 2012 in New York City.

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly and Tamron Hall appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Tamron Hall and Al Sharpton attend Rev. Al Sharpton's Private Birthday Celebration at The Grand Havana Room on October 4, 2013 in New York City.

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist, Mary Sue Milken, Susan Feniger and Tamron Hall appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall and Josh Kaufman appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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Tamron Hall attends Safe Horizon's 2014 Champion Awards at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 30, 2014 in New York City.

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Willie Geist, Kathie Lee Gifford and Natalie Morales appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariah Carey and Tamron Hall appear on NBC News' 'Today' show

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MSNBC Anchor Tamron Hall attends MSNBC's Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner after- party at the Historical Society of Washington, DC on June 19, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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Nancy Gibbs, Kirsten Gillibrand, Linda McMahon, Tamron Hall, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Kristen Van Ogtrop attend the TIME and Real Simple's Women & Success event at the Park Hyatt on October 1, 2014 in New York City.

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Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist, Tamron Hall

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TV news correspondent Tamron Hall attends The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Dress Collection 2016 at Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 11, 2016 in New York City.

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TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Harvey, Tamron Hall, and Sullivan Stapleton appear on the 'Today' show on Monday, March 7, 2016 in New York

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Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Tamron Hall and Ryan Serhant

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Billy Bush and Tamron Hall attend Us Weekly's Most Stylish New Yorkers 2016 at Vandal on September 13, 2016 in New York City.

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Tamron Hall attends AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss 'Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates' at AOL HQ on August 1, 2016 in New York City.

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Today Show Anchor Tamron Hall speaks at the L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Celebration 2016 Arrivals on November 16, 2016 in New York City.

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Hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall dress as Saturday Night Live characters' "the Spartan Cheerleaders" during NBC's "Today" show's "Halloween Boo-Nanza" in New York October 31, 2014.

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Tamron Hall of MSNBC and Jonathan Todd Capehart arrive for a State Dinner honoring Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House in Washington October 18, 2016.

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