NBC News, Megyn Kelly reach separation agreement

NBC News Megyn Kelly reach separation agreement

Megyn Kelly poses on the set of"Megyn Kelly Today at NBC Studios on Thursday Sept 21 2017 in New York

News started pushing Kelly out the door just days after she made several comments about whether or not Halloween costumes featuring blackface are offensive.

The morning show host - who was removed from the network last year after making controversial comments on air - will be paid the remainder of her reported $69 million contract in the deal, the remaining value of her three-year contract.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", a spokesman said.

In January 2017, NBC canceled the third hour of the Today show to make room for Megyn Kelly Today, which premiered in September 2017.

In a statement to ET on Friday, the network confirmed that Kelly is officially out, almost three months after Megyn Kelly Today was canceled following the host's controversial blackface comments.

Kelly's exit from NBC was greeted on social media with a mix of celebration and critical barbs directed at the network.

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"I know too much that others don't know", Kelly said in an interview with Us Weekly.

Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially split, but not before she walks away with a fortune.

Kelly was midway through a lucrative contract that paid her US$69 million over three years - an eye-popping sum even in the context of United States television news.

The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences on the network. She also briefly hosted an evening newsmagazine that didn't catch on with viewers. "You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface in Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as a character".

The exact terms of Kelly's negotiations are unclear.

Prior to her tenure at NBC, she spent over a decade in various roles at Fox News. Her remarks prompted the suspension of her hour on NBC News' flagship program "Today", but network executives had already been feuding with her over disappointing ratings and the show's editorial focus.

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