Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Megyn Kelly exits NBC after controversial tenure

Megyn Kelly Finalizes Multi-Million Dollar Contract Settlement With NBC Megyn Kelly is officially out at NBC with host walking away with her entire $69M payout
Lora Ball | 13 January, 2019, 06:13

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.

Because of the lofty salary, many industry insiders feel that the "blackface" scandal provided NBC with an opportune excuse to dump Kelly.The former Fox News star rose to fame as a fiery prime-time host, and media watchdogs felt from the outset that she was an awkward fit on a bubbly morning show.

On Thursday, she said "you will definitely see me back on" when approached by celebrity photographers in New York City.

NBC News reported Kelly will leave the network with the remainder of her three-year, $69 million deal - about $30 million.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", a network spokesperson told THR.

NBC shows guests, from left, Melissa Rivers, Jacob Soboroff, Jenna Bush Hager and host Megyn Kelly appeared during a Halloween segment in October of 2018 that eventually got Kelly ousted from the network.

Kelly's first season averaged almost 2.4 million viewers, 375,000 fewer than the "Today" show 9 a.m. hour had drawn before she arrived.

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News started pushing Kelly out the door just days after she made several comments about whether or not Halloween costumes featuring blackface are offensive.

Kelly apologized on her show the next day, but it wasn't enough: Lack condemned her remarks in a town hall meeting at NBC, and by the end of the week Megyn Kelly Today was cancelled.

Honoree Megyn Kelly speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles at Milk Studios on December 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Both Kelly's morning show and Sunday evening news program struggled to find viewers.

Her NBC job has been in limbo since October 2018.

If Kelly truly knows "too much that others don't" regarding Lauer's sexual misconduct, it could explain why her exit negotiations took so long.

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