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Megyn Kelly shades former employer NBC for airing controversial 30 Rock blackface episodes

Megyn Kelly has taken aim at her former employer’s hypocrisy with a scathing tweet.

The political commentator, 49, who had her NBC show Megyn Kelly Today canceled following her remarks surrounding the appropriateness of blackface during Halloween, poked fun at the network when it was forced to pull episodes of 30 Rock for depicting the same racially insensitive practice.

‘Wait – what network aired those episodes again?’ asked the former Fox star in a sarcastic tweet on Tuesday. 

Shade: Megyn Kelly has taken aim at her former employer’s hypocrisy with a scathing tweet. She’s seen here in May 2019

The tweet was in response to a Variety article covering the network pulling the sitcom episodes in question from streaming services and syndication. 

Kelly’s brief career at NBC ended in the wake of her comments defending RHONY star Luann de Lesseps use of blackface to dress like Diana Ross for Halloween.

The journalist recollected that ‘when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character’.

Despite later apologizing for the remarks, her show was canceled three days later.

Megyn’s contract with NBC was terminated January 11, 2019. 

Burn: The political commentator, 49, poked fun at the network when it was forced to pull episodes of 30 Rock for depicting the racially insensitive practice

Burn: The political commentator, 49, poked fun at the network when it was forced to pull episodes of 30 Rock for depicting the racially insensitive practice

Flash in the pan: Kelly's brief career at NBC ended in the wake of her comments defending RHONY star Luann de Lesseps use of blackface to dress like Diana Ross for Halloween. Seen here on the network in 2018

Flash in the pan: Kelly’s brief career at NBC ended in the wake of her comments defending RHONY star Luann de Lesseps use of blackface to dress like Diana Ross for Halloween. Seen here on the network in 2018

Megyn’s tweet comes after Tina Fey along with her 30 Rock co-creator Robert Carlock and NBCUniversal requested to remove four episodes of the comedy series because they feature the use of blackface.

Vulture first reported that the episodes were being removed from Hulu and Amazon Prime, and they weren’t available to purchase on iTunes or Google Play.

Fey addressed the episodes’ removal in a letter sent to streaming platforms and obtained by Variety.

In one episode of 30 Rock, Jane Krakowski wore blackface to dress as former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann, while her boyfriend (guest star Will Forte) dressed as Natalie Portman in a spoof of her film Black Swan

In one episode of 30 Rock, Jane Krakowski wore blackface to dress as former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann, while her boyfriend (guest star Will Forte) dressed as Natalie Portman in a spoof of her film Black Swan

Down the memory hole: Four episodes of 30 Rock featuring the use of blackface have been removed from streaming services, digital rental outlets and syndication at the request of Tina Fey, co-creator Robert Carlock and NBCUniversal; pictured in 2018

Down the memory hole: Four episodes of 30 Rock featuring the use of blackface have been removed from streaming services, digital rental outlets and syndication at the request of Tina Fey, co-creator Robert Carlock and NBCUniversal; pictured in 2018

In another episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch critiquing the racist television series and radio show Amos 'n' Andy

In another episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch critiquing the racist television series and radio show Amos ‘n’ Andy 

‘As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,’ she wrote.

‘I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for pain they have caused.

‘Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request,’ she concluded.

In addition to disappearing from streaming services and digital rental outlets, the offending episodes will no longer be broadcast on television. 

Out of circulation: 'As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,' she wrote in a letter to streamers; pictured with Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock

Out of circulation: ‘As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,’ she wrote in a letter to streamers; pictured with Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock

Two of the episodes, season three’s Believe In The Stars and season five’s Christmas Attack Zone, feature the character Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski, darkening her face.

In the former, she puts on blackface while her co-star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) lightens his skin and dresses as a woman to determine if white women or Black men face greater struggles in society.

In the latter episode, Jenna wore blackface to dress as former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann, while her boyfriend (guest star Will Forte) dressed as Natalie Portman in a spoof of her film Black Swan.

Controversial: Two of the episodes, season three's Believe In The Stars and season five's Christmas Attack Zone, feature the character Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski, darkening her face

Controversial: Two of the episodes, season three’s Believe In The Stars and season five’s Christmas Attack Zone, feature the character Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski, darkening her face

Also pulled from circulation was season five’s East Coast version of Live Show, as well as season six’s Live From Studio H.

In the latter episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch critiquing the racist television series and radio show Amos ‘n’ Andy. 

His character also spoofed the racist characterizations in Disney’s Song Of The South, which has long been out of circulation.

The removal of the episodes comes amid moves by companies and brands to appear anti-racist, following protests that erupted across the nation that were inspired by the police killing of George Floyd and numerous other Black men and women. 

Amid the furor, Gone With The Wind was removed from the new streaming service HBO Max, though the film will return sometime in the future with additional warnings about its racist content and new discussions that provide context for the 1939 epic. 

Critique: In a season six episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch critiquing the racist television series and radio show Amos 'n' Andy; still from 30 Rock

Critique: In a season six episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch critiquing the racist television series and radio show Amos ‘n’ Andy; still from 30 Rock

Changing times: A 2010 episode featuring Krakowski in blackface was praised by journalist Touré, but the reception to Hamm's 2012 episode was more mixed; publicity still from 30 Rock

Changing times: A 2010 episode featuring Krakowski in blackface was praised by journalist Touré, but the reception to Hamm’s 2012 episode was more mixed; publicity still from 30 Rock

Though Hollywood and its stars are trying to stamp out blackface depictions, 30 Rock’s uses of blackface received a mix of praise and criticism at the time.

In 2010, journalist and cultural critic Touré commended Christmas Attack Zone in Mediaite for ‘not using blackface as a simplistic visual way of turning a white person Black but as a complex tool that makes a multi-layered joke at the character’s expense.’

Journalist Jamil Smith was less forgiving of Hamm’s Amos ‘n’ Andy spoof in 2012.

‘And #30Rock has Jon Hamm in almost-kinda-yeah-actually-it’s-Blackface,’ he tweet disapprovingly at the time.

Temporarily gone: The move follows HBO Max taking Gone With The Wind (1939) off its service. The film will eventually return with warnings about racist content and new context

Temporarily gone: The move follows HBO Max taking Gone With The Wind (1939) off its service. The film will eventually return with warnings about racist content and new context

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