Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Megyn Kelly officially leaves NBC with reported $30 million payout

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Stacy Diaz | 12 January, 2019, 17:24

In this October 18, 2018 photo released by NBC, host Megyn Kelly appears on her show "Megyn Kelly Today", in NY.

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.

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.

Kelly has been an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement, a position that irked NBC executives who thought she focused on it too much.

Kelly made a tearful apology to viewers following her blackface comments, but it proved to be her last appearance on NBC News.

The 48-year-old television personality parted ways with the network following her controversial discussion of blackface worn for Halloween costumes.

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.

She made news at NBC when interviewing women who accused Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill. Fox reportedly offered her a new contract worth more than $20 million a year, but Kelly was eager to shed the combative style she honed at the conservative network. She hosted a daytime talk show, started a Sunday night news show and was to be featured in regular political coverage on the network's news programs.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud. "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. Like back when I was a kid it was okay if you were dressing up as a character". Her regret over the comment, however, was apparently not enough to sway NBC executives.

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