It's fairly obvious why NBC hyped its own controversy - they saw this as an easy way to get rid of Megyn Kelly.
The announcement follows reports that Kelly was on the way out. In the segment, she asked, "What is racist?"
In some corners, Fox News insiders were enjoying a certain schadenfreude in Kelly's NBC failure. In an earlier statement, NBC said, "Given the circumstances "Megyn Kelly Today' will be on tape the rest of the week".
Even before this latest controversy, which prompted the cast of Netflix's "House of Cards" to cancel an apperance on her show, Kelly had trouble booking big stars.
Kelly did not appear on television Thursday or Friday, as the network opted to run reruns in her absence.
Kelly, a champion of the #MeToo movement, had also irked network honchos by taking on-air shots at NBC for not hiring an independent law firm to conduct an investigation into the culture of the company amid refusing to air Ronan Farrow's reporting and Matt Lauer's termination for sexual misconduct.
She has around one year and 10 months to go in the contract, and wants $50 million to sever ties with NBC, sources familiar with the negotiations told TMZ.
Kelly added that it was "OK" for white people to wear blackface on Halloween when she was a young girl. "Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".
NBC hired Kelly away from Fox News with incredible fanfare past year. "She is not ever coming back". On Tuesday, she defended Real Housewives of NY star Luann de Lesseps' Diana Ross Halloween costume, saying, "Who doesn't love Diana Ross?".