Confirmed: Megyn Kelly leaves NBC with $30 million payout

On Friday, Bloomberg and others reported that Megyn Kelly is leaving NBC with a $30 million payout.  This, NBC says, is the remainder of her $69 million deal.

According to NBC, “[t]he announcement comes months after negotiations over Kelly’s contract following her termination for making derogatory racial comments.”

NBC added:

The news comes after months of negotiations over parts of Kelly’s long-term contract following her removal in October from the 9 a.m. ET hour of NBC’s “Today.” Her morning show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” was cancelled after the anchor made comments about wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume debate.

“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” NBC said in a statement.

Kelly apologized for the comments directly after the show aired and then on air the next day but was criticized by several NBC News personalities, including Al Roker, who were upset with her over the statements.

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Kelly left Fox News and joined NBC in 2017.  Before the racial controversy, NBC said, her ratings had taken a dip when compared to previous hosts.  And her disastrous ratings prompted the network to end her Sunday program at least two episodes earlier than scheduled.

At the time, Breitbart said:

 Kelly has alienated everyone except the small band of “Never Trumpers” on Twitter and anti-Trump pundits who, so desperate for affirmation and attention to make up for their numerous insecurities, gleefully allow themselves to be used as the legacy media’s useful idiots. The only silver lining for Today may be that Kelly’s tremendously bad ratings may have given Matt Lauer plenty of job security.

Kelly’s ratings were so terrible that NBC executives were reportedly even considering unloading her contract and trying to get Fox News to take her back. But a high-ranking Fox News official told Breitbart News that Kelly “would not be welcomed back” at the network.

As Breitbart News has previously noted, “NBC looks like the Houston Texans when they foolishly tried to build their franchise around former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler at the start of last year. When Kelly went to NBC, a television executive told CNN that if Kelly fails, she could end up ‘fading into obscurity’ just like Osweiler went from ‘the penthouse to the outhouse.’”

Prior to leaving Fox, the anti-Trump “diva” had angered quite a few of the president’s core supporters.

And her hatred of the Trumps seems to have followed her to NBC.  As Rusty Weiss reported last June:

Kelly drew a nearly direct line comparison between First Lady Melania Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels when discussing comments about the latter’s character and credibility.

Kelly’s panel discussion began with a video clip of Rudy Giuliani in Israel criticizing Daniels for her career choices and how it affects her believability.

“I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a woman and as a person, and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation,” Giuliani said in the clip.

Kelly may be out at NBC, but she told TMZ on Thursday that she’ll be back this year, and she’ll even have a new dog to replace the 14-year-old Shih Tzu that died last year…



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