US TV host Megyn Kelly gets NZ$44 million payout

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 12, 2019

Officially out: Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially parted ways.

After months of flagging ratings for her show, Megyn Kelly Today, the network eventually removed the host after she wondered on air why blackface was considered inappropriate, during a segment on Halloween costumes.

In an on-the-street interview with a TMZ cameraman in New York City Thursday night, Kelly said viewers will "definitely see me back" on television.

Her announcement came after NBC terminated her three-year, $69 million contract - but vowed to pay the full value left on her paycheck.

The network announced the split in a statement late Friday, saying both parties "have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC".

"You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween", she added.

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While she won't be allowed to sling mud at NBC, reports also claim that Kelly is not believed to be subject to any agreement that would prevent her from seeking work at another network. Her regret over the comment, however, was apparently not enough to sway NBC executives.

She's been off the air since October after creating a furor by suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween, and exit negotiations had dragged for two months over the holidays.

Last week, NBC announced that Al Roker would be taking over Kelly's slot on the 9 a.m. hour of Today. "Back when I was a kid that was ok, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character". Kelly said. "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day".

Kelly's Sunday night newsmagazine program, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", was widely panned and discontinued after a short run in the summer of 2017.

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

Kelly has been an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement, a position that irked NBC executives who thought she focused on it too much.

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