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Megyn Kelly Officially Out at NBC, $69 Million Richer


After two years, NBC and Megyn Kelly have officially parted ways. The embattled talk show host and media personality will receive the full $69 million her initial contract stipulated, ending a drawn-out legal battle.

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NBC confirmed the news late Friday, saying, “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC”—without disclosing terms of the settlement. According to CNN , the network opted to pay Kelly the remainder of her contract, which amounts to approximately $30 million. The former Fox News anchor’s presence on NBC was always controversial —not to mention ratings-challenged—but reached a boiling point in October, after Kelly defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes during a segment on Today.

Kelly apologized to her staff that afternoon, and renounced her position on-air the following day. Today hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin nonetheless denounced Kelly’s comments, with Roker stating “she owes a bigger apology to folks of color across the country.” Three days after the controversy began, NBC announced the cancellation of Megyn Kelly Today .

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While Kelly has an industry standard non-disparagement clause, which will limit her public comments on the matter, she is not believed to have a “noncompete” clause preventing her from taking another job. According to TMZ , Kelly stated offhand she’d likely return to TV before the end of 2019.

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