Megyn Kelly Formally Walks Away From NBC With $69 Million

13 January, 2019, 06:13 | Author: Donna Miller
  • NEW YORK NY- NBC News chairman Andy Lack and Megyn Kelly attend The 2017 Mirror Awards in New York City

Kelly's exit from NBC was greeted on social media with a mix of celebration and critical barbs directed at 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.

All three roles quickly fell apart as Kelly struggled with attracting viewers and became embroiled in a number of controversies.

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.

Kelly, who moved from Fox News in January 2017 after a headline-grabbing confrontation with Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, never quite clicked at her new network.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", the network said Friday night.

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Kelly will be walking away with her full $69 million contract, meaning she will be collecting a lump sum between $25 and $30 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

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.

She brought up blackface during a segment the week before Halloween while holding a round-table discussion with an all-white panel about offensive costumes. "Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as a character". " It was also acceptable, she believed, when "Real Housewives of New York" reality star Luanne de Lesseps wore blackface as Diana Ross for an episode".

"I know too much that others don't know", Kelly said in an interview with Us Weekly.

Kelly gave a tearful apology on the show the next day.

Things didn't exactly improve once Kelly's hour of NBC's flagship "Today" show kicked off in the fall of 2017.

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