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12/14/2013 01:01 am ET

Megyn Kelly Defends Her Santa Comments, Attacks Critics For 'Race Baiting'

Fox News' Megyn Kelly was roundly trashed this week for insisting that both Santa and Jesus are white. On Friday, Kelly defended herself at length, saying that she had fallen victim to a bunch of "race-baiting" Fox News haters who couldn't take a joke.

She said that her telling "kids" that Santa "just is white" was a "tongue-in-cheek" attempt at humor, though many regarded it as a bizarre effort to negate the fact that Santa is not, in fact, "just" white, but is often depicted as one of a variety of different races.

But Kelly saw a broader theme: the danger of "the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst of people, especially the people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel."

For good measure, though, she acknowledged that she was in the wrong when it came to Jesus's whiteness.

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