It’s official: Megyn Kelly is out of NBC

Angelo Anderson
January 12, 2019

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

NBC has yet to make an official announcement on who will replace Kelly on Today's third hour, but meteorologist Dylan Dreyer teased the decision on Twitter earlier this month.

Terms of the severance were not disclosed.

NBC announced Friday night that it has reached a final exit agreement (see: payout) with Kelly, whose departure was prompted when she questioned on air whether wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume is actually racist.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", NBC News said in a statement Friday. CNN reported that Kelly, who is in the middle of a three-year, $69 million deal, will be paid the remainder of her contract - believed to be about $30 million.

Her tenure was also a failure for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, who lured her from Fox News Channel with the type of big-money contract that was once standard in television news but now is less so with financial constrictions and less viewership. "I want to look at everything", she said. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences on the network. This means the news anchor is able to begin working immediately.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

In this September 21, 2017 file photo, Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show, "Megyn Kelly Today" at NBC Studios in NY. "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. But she didn't sign a non-compete agreement, according to People, which would have barred her from working for a competing network.

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