US TV host Megyn Kelly gets NZ$44 million payout

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 12, 2019

Kelly, a former Fox News host, joined the network in 2017 on a large deal and in three marquee roles.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", according to an NBC News statement.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that per the agreement, Megyn will be paid the remaining $69 million dollars, as formerly promised in her three-year contract, and she will no longer be held to a non-compete clause.

Megyn Kelly, a former NBC host who has parted ways with the network over her controversial blackface comments, has confirmed that viewers will see her on TV again this year.

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.

She's been off the air since October after creating a furor by suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween, and exit negotiations had dragged for two months over the holidays.

Her remarks prompted the suspension of her hour on NBC News' flagship program "Today", but network executives had already been feuding with her over disappointing ratings and the show's editorial focus. But NBC canceled her show.

She then defended a white reality star who dressed as singer Diana Ross, saying, "I felt like, who doesn't love Diana Ross?" Kelly, 48, asked Jacob Soboroff, Melissa Rivers, and Jenna Bush Hager during a discussion about censoring Halloween costumes.

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

Megyn Kelly Today kicked off in mid-2017, though the show seemed to be doomed from the start.

Last week, NBC announced that Al Roker would be taking over Kelly's slot on the 9 a.m. hour of Today. She also briefly hosted an evening newsmagazine that didn't catch on with viewers.

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