Megyn Kelly officially leaves NBC with reported $30 million payout

Danny Woods
January 12, 2019

Many predicted when the former Fox News pundit was brought in that Kelly's tenure at NBC would end in disgrace.

In a statement released by NBC on Saturday, the network said that it had resolved its differences with Kelly and that she was no longer an employee.

She is expected to receive the remaining money left on her contract, which is reportedly in the neighborhood of $30 million. Her remarks prompted an immediate outcry that led to Kelly's suspension and eventual removal from Today.

It was Kelly's October 23 comments in which she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes that seemed to be the last straw, however.

Even before the controversial commentary, her future was considered limited at NBC News. Megyn Kelly Today launched in September 2017, so she didn't even make it halfway through her three-year commitment before the network decided it was wiser to just fork over $69 million and show her the door immediately.

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On Friday night, NBC News confirmed toThe New York Times that both sides reached an agreement, nearly three months after the network fired Kelly for wondering why it was inappropriate for people to wear blackface costumes on Halloween.

Last week, NBC announced that Al Roker would be taking over Kelly's slot on the 9 a.m. hour of Today. "Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was ok, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Kelly gave a tearful apology on the show the next day. Her daily morning show, "Megyn Kelly Today", suffered low ratings, and her assertive style at times seemed out of place in the anodyne environment of morning television.

Kelly's Sunday night newsmagazine program, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", was widely panned and discontinued after a short run in the summer of 2017.

Nearly three months and $69 million later, the disgraced TV host who got suspended for her thoughtless on-air remarks about blackface in late 2018, is no longer an employee of NBC.

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