Megyn Kelly on Fox News: Santa Claus, Jesus are white

12/13/2013 7:00 AM

12/13/2013 12:18 PM

Megyn Kelly is representing for Santa Claus.

And according to the Fox News host, the chubby dude in the red suit is white.

He just

is

, OK?

On Wednesday's "The Kelly File," the newswoman criticized a Slate article written by a black journalist that questioned cultural depictions of Santa as white and suggested that the traditional jolly elf should be replaced by a penguin.

"For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," Kelly informed viewers. "Santa is what he is. ... I wanted to get that straight."

In debating the issue with three panelists for a Santa segment, Kelly took issue with the notion of a racially inclusive Santa.

"Just because (an image) makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change," Kelly said. "I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure — that's a verifiable fact."

And then Kelly cupped her hands to the sides of her mouth and added: "As is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that."

But Kelly may have gotten into trouble at one point.

She said that the Slate writer's penguin suggestion was "off the rails."