According to a new report from USAToday, Fox News has shut down speculation that Megyn Kelly might return to Fox News.
Fox News confirmed that the network was not looking to bring back former Fox News host Megyn Kelly as she negotiates her exit from NBC.
When asked about whether there was room for Kelly, once a star of its prime-time lineup, a Fox News spokesman told USA Today that there no interest in rehiring Kelly at this time.
“We are extremely happy with our entire line-up,” the Fox News spokesperson said, USA Today reported.
Despite the controversy over Kelly’s comments, some of her former co-workers expressed public support for Kelly, saying that “she had a rocky road at NBC.”
“You know, Megyn was my colleague and a dear friend … I was very disappointed when she left Fox News,” Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told USA Today. “She had a rocky road at NBC. What she said about blackface was grotesque. It was indefensible in many ways, but you know, people make mistakes.”
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean defended the “Megyn Kelly Today” host and longtime friend against accusations of racism.
“My friend @megynkelly is not a racist,” Dean wrote. “Those close to her know her heart. She’s a good person, a wonderful mom, wife, sister, friend and human being. She didn’t deserve this.”
“You know, Megyn was my colleague, and a dear friend … I was very disappointed when she left Fox News,” Geraldo Rivera told Us Weekly in a video interview. “She had a rocky road at NBC. What she said about blackface was grotesque. It was indefensible in many ways, but you know, people make mistakes.
“She said something stupid, but she didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings, she was just telling the truth about how she was raised and how things were back in the day. I think she was really given the short end of the stick and I think she was scapegoated.”