Megyn Kelly

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goes for a stroll around NYC on Oct. 31 fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of her show.

In the wake of the con­tro­versy that led NBC to pull the plug on Megyn Kelly on Oct. 26, the for­mer To­day host reached out to Luann de Lesseps to apol­o­gize “for drag­ging her into all of this,” a source tells Us. (While in­sist­ing that wear­ing black­face on Hal­loween wasn’t racist, Kelly, 48, ref­er­enced de Lesseps’ 2017 Di­ana Ross cos­tume.) The Real Housewives of New York star, 53, “isn’t mad,” says the source. Kelly’s for­mer NBC col­leagues, on the other hand, are less than thrilled about the whole or­deal. “Morale is ex­tremely low,” notes an in­sider. And the net­work’s cul­ture (which an­other source de­scribes as “cliquish and com­pet­i­tive”) could make re­plac­ing Kelly a rocky process. One con­tender, Al Roker, “doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily want to re­turn” as the host of the show’s third hour, says the in­sider. “It’s hon­estly quite of­fen­sive that NBC would just as­sume he would.”

As lawyers con­tinue to hash out the terms of Kelly’s de­par­ture, “things have been very tense,” a source tells Us.

Af­ter Kelly’s blun­der, Roker, 64, said on air she owes an “apol­ogy to folks of color around the coun­try,” says the in­sider.

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