“About to begin jury duty this morning,” the 48-year-old tweeted. “Slightly concerned about the effectiveness of the ‘I’m far too busy’ excuse this time.”
About to begin jury duty this morning. Slightly concerned about the effectiveness of the “I’m far too busy” excuse this time.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 17, 2019
Megyn finalized her departure from the network on Jan. 11, less than three months after Today was canceled amid backlash for her controversial remarks about blackface.
On October 23, Megyn held an on-air discussion about why some universities ban Halloween costumes that are considered racist or culturally insensitive. And, at the time, the mother-of-three didn’t seem to understand the problem. “But what is racist?” she asked the panel. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween… when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character.”
She later apologized to her “friends and teammates” in an email obtained by Us Weekly. “This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity, and honor and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion. I’m honored to work with all of you every day,” she wrote.
Although Megyn is currently jobless, it sounds like she’s ready to jump back in to the 9-5. Though it may not be easy. “Megyn may have gotten a sweet exit from NBC [with] her $69 million contract intact, but she still has no firm job offer. She says we’ll be seeing her back on TV shortly, but her options are very limited,” an insider told Closer earlier this week. “Everyone is excited and wants to know what her plan is, she’s definitely working on something, but it’s still a mystery.”
The source concluded, “Megyn would love to turn back time and have everyone forget the last year she had. Her arrival at NBC, the blackface comment, clashing with Matt Lauer and her other colleagues. It was a year of highs and many lows, but mainly one that she would like to forget. The problem is that no one, especially network executives, can forget her dismal year and the baggage she brought with her.”