Megyn Kelly officially ended with NBC after months of negotiations, the network was announced Friday evening.
"The parties have resolved their differences and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC," said a statement from NBC News. The terms were not disclosed immediately.
Kelly was about halfway through a three-year deal for a whopping $ 69 million total. It is not immediately clear if he will receive all the remaining money. The conditions of a non-denigration agreement were critical to both parties, as Kelly made it clear that he knew some of the skeletons in the NBC cabinet.
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night, Kelly told a TMZ cameraman that he would "definitely" return to television in 201
Kelly's mandate to NBC News has been rocky since the beginning, starting with a brief Sunday night newsmagazine program that has been rolled out with an in-depth interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. NBC News was then criticized for the way the network promoted its next interview – with the controversial "Info Wars" host Alex Jones, who infamously called Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 by shooting at a hoax.
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Things did not improve exactly once Kelly's flagship NBC "Today" show started in the fall of 2017. "Today" the loyalists were furious that Tamron Hall loved the fans shown the door to make room for Kelly. So "Megyn Kelly Today" caused a stir when the well-paid host asked the Hollywood Jane Fonda icon of her plastic surgery – which resulted in a public feud.
Kelly's first season averaged about 2.4 million viewers, 375,000 less than the "Oggi" show that had 9 hours before it arrived. His fate at NBC was essentially sealed when he reflected on why "blackface" is disapproved during a live discussion of Halloween costumes.
NBC announced on October 26th that Kelly's troubled hour of the NBC News "Today" flagship will not return after the controversial comments of the "black face". After the announcement, his status was in limbo while lawyers elaborated the details of the break.
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The enthralling Hollywood lawyer Bryan Freedman, who publicly fought with NBC during the trial, represented Kelly. He accused the network of circulating "completely false and irresponsible" rumors, while NBC mocked Freedman for negotiating through the media.
Kelly was only halfway through the mega three-year contract. Because of the high salary, many insiders believe that the "blackface" scandal has provided NBC with an excuse to download the high-paying host.
The former Fox News star became famous as an ardent host and the media guardians felt it was a clumsy fit in a frothy morning show of the jump.
In addition, Kelly is a champion of the #MeToo movement and Irish network puppets airing filming at NBC not to hire an independent law firm to conduct an investigation into the company's culture when NBC News was involved in a variety of scandals related to sexual misconduct during its short term.
The Daily Beast published a bomb report in September describing the story of NBC News president Andy Lack on the use of non-disclosure and separation agreements to his advantage. The story also noted that Lack was "annoyed" Kelly insisted "in turning the show into a regular forum for alleged victims of powerful men."
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Lack's news division has long been in flames for refusing to broadcast Ronan Farrow's statements about the bad behavior of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Farrow's reporting helped launch the #MeToo movement and won the Pulitzer Prize after his report was published in The New Yorker.
In addition to Weinstein's defeat, NBC declared that management was unaware of Matt Lauer's widespread sexual conduct – which was found through internal investigators.
The lack – which personally brought Kelly to NBC – was a close friend of Lauer, who had been arrested at the height of the #MeToo movement for sexual misconduct. Kelly raised his eyebrows last year when asked if Lauer could ever make a comeback.
"I know too much that others do not know," Kelly said in an interview with Us Weekly.
If Kelly really knows "too much that others do not" regarding Lauer's sexual misconduct, they could explain why her exit negotiations took so long.