Megyn Kelly, NBC officially split

Megyn Kelly is officially done with NBC after months of negotiating, the network announced on Friday night.

“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” said an NBC News statement. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Kelly was roughly halfway through a three-year deal for a whopping total of $69 million. It is not immediately clear if she will receive all of the remaining money.

Terms of a non-disparagement agreement were critical for both sides, as Kelly has hinted that she knows about some of the skeletons in NBC’s closet.

On Thursday night, Kelly told a TMZ cameraman that she would “definitely” return to television in 2019.

Kelly’s tenure at NBC News was rocky from the start, beginning with a short-lived Sunday night newsmagazine program that was rolled out with a widely panned interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. NBC News was then criticized for the way the network promoted her next interview -- with controversial “InfoWars” host Alex Jones, who infamously called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax.

Kelly's first season averaged nearly 2.4 million viewers, 375,000 fewer than the "Today" show 9 a.m. hour had drawn before she arrived. Her fate at NBC was essentially sealed when she pondered why “blackface” is frowned upon during a live panel discussion about Halloween costumes.

NBC announced on Oct. 26 that Kelly’s troubled hour of the NBC News flagship “Today” would not return after the controversial “blackface” remarks. Since the announcement, her status has been in limbo as lawyers worked out the details of the breakup.


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