Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Megyn Kelly & NBC Reach Exit Deal 3 Months After Blackface Controversy

Megyn Kelly & NBC Reach Exit Deal 3 Months After Blackface Controversy

She brought up blackface during a segment the week before Halloween while holding a round-table discussion with an all-white panel about offensive costumes. According to multiple reports, Kelly is leaving the network with the remainder of her $69 million contract.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", the network said in a statement Friday night.

Kelly's last appearance on Today was on October 24, when she apologized for her remarks that occurred during a panel discussion about Halloween the day before.

But when those stories began to fade, Kelly had trouble attracting an audience in the soft-focus world of morning television.

Megyn Kelly and NBC have parted ways, nearly three months after the host was ousted from her perch as the host of the third hour of Today.

This contributed to tensions between Kelly and NBC executives, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, who invested tens of millions of dollars in her hiring.

Kelly made a tearful apology to viewers following her blackface comments, but it proved to be her last appearance on NBC News.

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Kelly will be subject to an industry standard nondisparagement clause, limiting what she can say about her time at NBC and her interactions with NBC executives. Kelly said it was OK when she was "a kid" (she was born in 1970) to don blackface - "so long as you were dressing up as a character".

She then defended a white reality star who dressed as singer Diana Ross, saying, "I felt like, who doesn't love Diana Ross?"

Last week, NBC announced that Al Roker would be taking over Kelly's slot on the 9 a.m. hour of Today.

Even before the controversial commentary, her future was considered limited at NBC News.

The backlash to Kelly was swift and immediate, exceeding the outrage she generated for her remarks years ago about Santa's race.

Kelly, one of the moderating journalists, grilled Trump on his disparaging comments about women, noting he had called them "dogs", "fat pigs", "slobs" and "disgusting animals".

Talks about the terms of her exit soon turned contentious, with Kelly's attorney Bryan Freedman accusing Lack of leaking details about the negotiations.

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