Megyn Kelly Finalizes Multi-Million Dollar Contract Settlement With NBC


Her fate at NBC was essentially sealed when she pondered why "blackface" is frowned upon during a live panel discussion about Halloween costumes. Kelly joined the cable network after serving as a corporate attorney.

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.

Since her departure from the third hour of Today, her show has been replaced by rotating anchors Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Al Roker and others.

The former Fox News host's NBC show, "Megyn Kelly Today", was canceled in October after her controversial remarks about blackface during Halloween.

She will be subject to an industry-standard nondisparagement clause, which prevents what she can say about working at NBC.

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Kelly was midway through a lucrative contract that paid her US$69 million over three years - an eye-popping sum even in the context of USA television news.

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.

Terms were not officially disclosed, but CNN and NBC News reported that she will be paid in full for the time remaining on her contract, receiving a payout of up to US$30 million (NZ$43.9m). Their ratings were an 18 percent increase from her average audience of 29 million. "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".

Both Kelly's morning show and Sunday evening news program struggled to find viewers. NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network. "Back when I was a kid that was ok, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character". The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.