Megyn Kelly Finalizes Multi-Million Dollar Contract Settlement With NBC
12 January, 2019, 17:23
Megyn Kelly has officially left NBC, the network said in a statement on Friday.
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 KellyToday.
When approached by celebrity photographers on the street in New York City on Thursday, and asked "will we see you on TV this year", Kelly said.
Kelly is just halfway through her three-year contract, but NBC has agreed to pay her the remainder of the money, believed to be close to $30 million, according to the network.
A spokesperson for NBC told multiple outlets, "The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC".
"I don't know how, like, that got racist on Halloween", Kelly said in comments that enraged viewers and colleagues, including a stunned Al Roker. Kelly apologized to her staff that afternoon. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences on the network.
Exit discussions have been ongoing since October 25th, with her Today hour being cancelled the following day.
Kelly was lured away from her primetime perch at Fox News in 2017 by NBC News chief Andy Lack, to host her own hour of the Today show.
Last September, Kelly publicly contradicted part of Lack's account about why NBC opted not to air Ronan Farrow's reporting about Harvey Weinstein.
When those stories began to fade, Kelly had trouble attracting an audience in the soft-focus world of morning television. "Like back when I was a kid it was okay if you were dressing up as a character".
It's not immediately clear what's next for Kelly.
Kelly will be subject to an industry standard nondisparagement clause, limiting what she can say about her time at NBC and her interactions with NBC executives.
It is unclear given these terms why the negotiations took so long to finalize, especially since the terms of Kelly's nondisclosure did not change.