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

12 January, 2019, 13:55 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • NEW YORK NY- NBC News chairman Andy Lack and Megyn Kelly attend The 2017 Mirror Awards in New York City

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.

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.

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.

Terms of the severance were not disclosed.

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

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

She is expected to receive the remaining money left on her contract, which is reportedly in the neighborhood of $30 million. Even before the controversial commentary, her future was considered limited at NBC News. "I want to look at everything", she said.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud. "Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween". Ratings were lackluster on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" and for her morning talk show, "Megyn Kelly Today". " It was also acceptable, she believed, when "Real Housewives of New York" reality star Luanne de Lesseps wore blackface as Diana Ross for an episode. Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks. But she didn't sign a non-compete agreement, according to People, which would have barred her from working for a competing network.

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