Former news presenter Megyn Kelly officially broke off ties with NBC and recovered the remaining payments from her stunning $ 69 million contract, the network reported on Friday evening.
"The parties have resolved their differences and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC," the company said in a statement.
Kelly is only halfway through her three-year contract, but NBC has agreed to pay her the rest of the money, which is believed to be close to $ 30 million, according to the network.
Kelly, who moved from Fox News in January 2017 after a headline collision with Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, never quite clicked in its new network. The ratings were unscrupulous on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" and for his morning talk show, "Megyn Kelly Today." His multiple gaffes – more appropriate to Fox News – created tensions in his new work.
The last straw was his October defense of Halloween costumes that include Blackface. Kelly said it was OK when she was "a little girl" (she was born in 1970) for don Blackface – "until you got dressed as a character". It was also acceptable, he believed, when "Real Housewives of New The star of the reality of York, Luanne de Lesseps, wore the black face like Diana Ross for an episode.
" I do not know how, for example, he became a racist in Halloween, "Kelly said in comments that annoyed viewers and colleagues, including a stunned Roker.
Soon he apologized. "I've never been a kind of person" PC "[politically correct] but I understand that we have to be more sensitive to the day today," he said But NBC canceled his show.
As part of his agreement with NBC, he signed a clause of "non-contempt" that limits what it can say about NBC, according to CNN. But he did not sign a non-competition agreement, according to People, that would have prevented her from working for a competing network.
Roker, Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones will now officially fill the third hour of the "Today" show created when Kelly's program was cut, a NBC source told People magazine.
Kelly clashed with Trump during a 2015 debate between candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
Kelly, one of the moderator journalists, grilled Trump about his derogatory comments about women, noting that he had called them "dogs" "fat pigs", "slob" and "disgusting animals".
"You once told a competitor of" Celebrity Apprentice "[that] that it would be a" beautiful picture "to see her kneeling.To sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?" Kelly asked.
Trump replied: "I sincerely have no time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country does not even have time."
Later, he struck her. "You could see that there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of her – everywhere," Trump said. Later he also denigrated his professionalism and defined a "baby".
The controversial comments of the blackface were among Kelly's various insensitive comments to NBC, including his insistence that Santa and Jesus are "white".
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