Megyn Kelly jokes about being jobless while heading to jury duty; fans' reactions are divided

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 18, 2019
10:22 A.M.
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In October 2018, journalist and television host Megyn Kelly was let go by NBC from her show “Megyn Kelly Today.” The network released Kelly from her contract because of some controversial comments she made about blackface.


On Thursday, took to Twitter to joke about her employment status while attending jury duty. Not everyone found her joke funny.

Since losing her job on NBC, Megyn Kelly, 48, joked about her unemployed status in a Twitter post that read:

“About to begin jury duty this morning. Slightly concerned about the effectiveness of the ‘I’m far too busy’ excuse this time.”


Kelly lost her job on the network after making controversial statements on her show “Megyn Kelly Today.” Her comments caused her show to get canceled.

Reactions to Megyn Kelly's unemployment joke | Photo: Twitter/@cWinep


At the time the television host had said:

“You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface. That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.”

Reactions to Megyn Kelly's unemployment joke | Photo: Twitter/@dcgavin


Social media was divided in their responses to Kelly’s tweet. Some sympathized with her, while others mocked her, and others chided her.

Reactions to Megyn Kelly's unemployment joke | Photo: Twitter/@GDantz


Less than a week ago, NBC officially agreed to pay the journalist the remainder of her $69 million three-year contract. The payment came because her contract had been prematurely terminated.


Also, Kelly will be permanently replaced in the 9 a.m. hour of "Today" by Dylan Dreyer, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, and Craig Melvin. The foursome will co-host the segment of the morning show.


Additionally, ratings have gone up since Kelly left. Earlier this month, a source revealed that “Megyn learned a lot from her time at NBC. Anytime you have a passionate, driven soul like her, there may be times within the context they say or do something that offends people without them even realizing it. Megyn is the first to stop and turn around and apologize.”

Reactions to Megyn Kelly's unemployment joke | Photo: Twitter/@jeffcherun

This month, after long talks between Kelly and the NBC, the network confirmed that "The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC.”

The talks are what led to the journalist receiving her settlement after signing a contract with NBC two years ago.