NBC News, Megyn Kelly reach separation agreement

Lewis Collier
January 12, 2019

She also briefly hosted an evening newsmagazine that didn't catch on with viewers.

Kelly joined NBC in 2017, agreeing to a three-year, $69 million deal to host a Sunday night news program and a daily morning show as part of the "TODAY" family.

In a statement to ET on Friday, the network confirmed that Kelly is officially out, almost three months after Megyn Kelly Today was canceled following the host's controversial blackface comments.

The 9 a.m. hour, hosted by Kelly, shot up 10 percent in viewers the month after her exit, according to Nielsen numbers.

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.

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.

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Officially out: Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially parted ways.

"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. "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". NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network.

Kelly said it was acceptable when she was a kid to don black face "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Her lowest moment came on October 23, when she led an on-air discussion about offensive Halloween costumes.

"Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" was poorly received and ended after a short run in the summer of 2017. Kelly said. "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day". NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 that "Megyn Kelly Today" will not return.

The backlash to Kelly was swift and immediate, exceeding the outrage she generated for her remarks years ago about Santa's race.

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