It’s official: Megyn Kelly is out of NBC

Megyn Kelly parts ways with NBC, receives rest of contract

The network had ambitious plans for Kelly, handing her hosting duties for a Sunday evening news magazine and the 9 a.m. hour of the "Today" show.

Megyn Kelly and NBC have reached an exit agreement, almost three months after the television host made controversial comments about blackface on television.

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

A US TV host who lost her chat show after suggesting it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween has reached an exit deal with the network that employed her.

Bowing to the terms of the contract, NBC will pay Kelly the remaining sum of money, believed to total about $30 million, two of the sources said.

Megyn Kelly Today kicked off in mid-2017, though the show seemed to be doomed from the start. Her coverage of celebrities accused of sexual harassment - particularly her former "Today" co-host Matt Lauer - sparked tensions with NBC News chief Andy Lack, who hired Kelly but was also close friends with Lauer.

"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.

"You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween", she added.

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. "Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

The final straw was her defense in October of Halloween costumes that include blackface.

She then defended a white reality star who dressed as singer Diana Ross, saying, "I felt like, who doesn't love Diana Ross?" "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" aired just eight episodes in 2017 - the last being a much-criticized interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It's not immediately clear what's next for Kelly.



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