A Fox News Channel host who came under fire for comments last week about Santa Claus and Jesus has provided an explanation, blaming the controversy on listeners who didn’t get the joke, TVNewser reports.
The story reports that Megyn Kelly, who has been taking flak since saying that Santa and Jesus are white, as we reported last week, explained that her comments were meant to be humorous.
“Humor is part of what we try to bring to the show," Kelly said. "Sometimes that’s lost on the humorless.” She added that her comments stemmed from the fact that “we continually see St. Nick as a white man in modern-day America.”
Regarding her comment about Jesus’ skin color, Kelly noted, “By the way, I also did say Jesus was white. As I’ve learned in the past few days, that is far from settled.”
Kelly added: “The fact that an offhand jest I made about whether Santa should be replaced by a penguin has now become a national firestorm says two things: Race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country and Fox News and yours truly are big targets for many people.”