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Megyn Kelly Chokes Up During Apology for Blackface Remarks: ‘I Was Wrong and I am Sorry’

Megyn Kelly didn’t quite come to tears this morning as she apologized for her insensitive remarks about dressing in blackface but she came damn close … and her audience gave her a standing ovation for her efforts.

Kelly justifiably came under fire on Tuesday when she defended the idea of dressing in blackface for Halloween. During a segment on “Megyn Kelly Today,” she said, “But what is racist? Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

On Wednesday, Kelly apologized for her comments.

“I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” Megyn Kelly said at the beginning of her show. “You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes … I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry.”

She concluded by saying, “This past year has been so painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”

When she was done, one audience member could be heard yelling “We love you!” as the audience broke into applause and gave her a standing ovation.