Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Megyn Kelly Leaves NBC with $69 Million Payout

Megyn Kelly Leaves NBC with $69 Million Payout

Kelly's future with NBC was in doubt long before she suggested it was appropriate for white people to wear Halloween costumes with blackface during a segment of her 9 a.m. talk show. CNN reported that Kelly, who is in the middle of a three-year, $69 million deal, will be paid the remainder of her contract - believed to be about $30 million.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", the statement read.

Kelly's last appearance on Today was on October 24, when she apologized for her remarks that occurred during a panel discussion about Halloween the day before.

When those stories began to fade, Kelly had trouble attracting an audience in the soft-focus world of morning television.

The former Fox News host was only half way through her three-year, multi-million contract with NBC when she made the shocking comment during Megyn Kelly Today.

This contributed to tensions between Kelly and NBC executives, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, who invested tens of millions of dollars in her hiring.

In a sense, Kelly was caught in a no-woman's land: some at NBC were suspicious of her because of the Fox News background, while her former audience at Fox resented her for tough questioning of Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail. NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network.

"You'll definitely see me back on", she replied, adding that her first priority is to get a new dog.

"And I don't know, I felt like who doesn't love Diana Ross?" Kelly, 48, asked Jacob Soboroff, Melissa Rivers, and Jenna Bush Hager during a discussion about censoring Halloween costumes.

Kelly gave a tearful apology on the show the next day. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 that "Megyn Kelly Today" will not return.

Kelly apologized to her colleagues later that day in an internal email, saying, "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry".

The backlash to Kelly was swift and immediate, exceeding the outrage she generated for her remarks years ago about Santa's race.

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