Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Megyn Kelly exits NBC after controversial tenure

Megyn Kelly exits NBC after controversial tenure

Former news host Megyn Kelly has officially severed ties with NBC and salvaged the remaining payments from her astonishing $69 million contract deal, the network reported Friday night.

Kelly's future with NBC was in doubt long before she suggested it was appropriate for white people to wear Halloween costumes with blackface during a segment of her 9 a.m. talk show.

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 were not disclosed.

News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late on Friday (Saturday NZT), ending its association with the former Fox News Channel star.

Kelly will be walking away with her full $69 million contract, meaning she will be collecting a lump sum between $25 and $30 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Despite her differences with NBC News management, Kelly won accolades for her interviews with accusers of President Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and other powerful men. "I want to look at everything", she said.

Time magazine, which honoured "The Silence Breakers" as its Person of the Year in 2017, cited Kelly as the group's leader in the entertainment field.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud. She also briefly hosted an evening newsmagazine that didn't catch on with viewers. "You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

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. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.

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