Megyn Kelly leaves NBC with all of her $69 million contract intact
The breakout was announced on Friday, ending a bitter and tense exit that was set in motion in the fall after Kelly defended Halloween costumes incorporating the black face during a segment of his talk 9 am show.
"The parties have resolved their differences and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", said the network on Friday 1965-9003. She discusses the ending of "Megyn Kelly Today" started before the blackface, due to subtitles and growing tensions between Kelly and NBC executives. But the Halloween controversies have sealed his fate, according to familiar sources. His talk show was canceled in a few days, and his lawyer began negotiating the terms of his exit.
Kelly is halfway through a three-year contract worth $ 69 million ̵
1; a staggering sum even for the inflated television news standards.
Bowing to the terms of the contract, NBC will pay Kelly the remaining sum of money, with a total of about $ 30 million, two sources said.
Kelly will be subject to an industry standard non-conformance clause, which limits what he can say about his time to NBC and its interactions with NBC executives. Television contracts typically include language to protect both parties in the event of a bad break.
But the representatives of the host and the network did not want to comment on the exact terms of its release.
Kelly is not considered to be subject to any "non-competitive" clause, which means that he can theoretically join another network immediately, sources said.
But Kelly does not currently have an agent, and there is no indication that she has another job in line.  When they were approached by celebrity photographers on the street in New York on Thursday, and I asked "we'll see you on TV this year," Kelly said. "You'll definitely see me again"
A representative of Kelly refused to comment further
Friday's announcement marks a premature conclusion for a partnership that ultimately failed to raise the stature of the company. still and the ratings of the network. And the hostility surrounding his departure is in stark contrast to the optimism that greeted his arrival at NBC in January 2017.
After 12 years at Fox News, Kelly was one of the stars most coveted in the world of television, drawing interest from a number of networks. Apparently, Fox offered her a new contract worth over $ 20 million a year, but Kelly was eager to abandon the combative style she refined in the conservative network.
"Barbara Walters has retired," Kelly told Variety in 2015, when she was still at Fox. "Oprah has switched to the OWN network and is now doing something different, so why not me?"
At NBC, Kelly hoped she would be able to fulfill the softer role she had long imagined. The network had ambitious plans for Kelly, who entrusted her with hosting duties for a Sunday night magazine and for 9:00 in the "Oggi" show. But the marriage was embarrassing from the jump.
"Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" was greeted badly and ended after a short run in the summer of 2017. And "Megyn Kelly Today" was defined by disappointing ratings and embarrassing moments, with the host sometimes apparently unsuitable for the bubbling world of television in the morning.
Kelly was applauded for covering sexually bad cases aggressively when the #MeToo movement became an international story in late 2017.
But its coverage – especially in the case of "Today" show co -host Matt Lauer – has attracted some of his colleagues.
This has contributed to tensions between Kelly and NBC executives, including NBC News president Andy Lack, who has invested tens of millions of dollars in his hires.
Last September, Kelly publicly contradicted part of Lack's account of why NBC decided not to broadcast Ronan Farrow's accounts of Harvey Weinstein.
At that point, there were already questions about how long the Kelly 9 show would last. He had few allies inside the NBC and more than a few detractors.
His lowest moment came on October 23, when he conducted a live discussion of Halloween's offensive costumes.
Kelly said it was acceptable when she was a young girl not to wear a black face "as long as you dressed like a character". And he defended a reality television star who took the heat last year to dress up with Diana Ross.
"And I do not know, I felt like I did not love Diana Ross?" Kelly said. "He wants to look like Diana Ross for a day, I do not know how, for example, she became a racist on Halloween."
Kelly's backlash was quick and immediate, overcoming the outrage he had generated for his observations years ago on the Santa Claus race. Kelly apologized to her staff that afternoon. And she apologized for her show the following day, saying "the country feels so divided and I do not want to add to that pain and offense."
Many of his "Today" colleagues were not satisfied. Kelly has attracted strong on-air complaints from Al Roker and Craig Melvin, two African-American conductors in "Today". And Lack condemned Kelly's comments in a town hall, a clear sign that he had lost the support of the executive who helped her woo the network.
It did not appear on the net again. Three days after his observation of the black face on air, NBC announced that it had canceled "Megyn Kelly Today."
Sometimes the terms of his release became controversial, with Kelly's lawyer, Bryan Freedman, who accused Lack of divulging details about the negotiations. NBC responded by saying that the network had respected the confidentiality of the process while Freedman "repeatedly commented on the media during the negotiations".
Both sides then reached a quiet resolution, which was announced on Friday evening.