US TV host Megyn Kelly gets NZ$44 million payout

Nathan Congleton  NBC  NBCU

Nathan Congleton NBC NBCU

NBC News reported Kelly will leave the network with the remainder of her three-year, $69 million deal - about $30 million.

In a statement released by NBC on Saturday, the network said that it had resolved its differences with Kelly and that she was no longer an employee.

She's been off the air since October after her remarks on blackface, and exit negotiations had dragged for two months over the holidays. And "Megyn Kelly Today" was defined by disappointing ratings and awkward moments, with the host sometimes seeming ill-suited for the bubbly world of morning television.

News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the "Today" show floundered. She will be replaced in the third hour of "Today" by anchors Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, NBC said.

This contributed to tensions between Kelly and NBC executives, including NBC News chair Andy Lack, who invested tens of millions of dollars in her hiring.

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.

Kelly will be subject to an industry standard nondisparagement clause, limiting what she can say about her time at NBC and her interactions with NBC executives.

"You'll definitely see me back on", she replied, adding that her first priority is to get a new dog.

By that point, there were already questions about how much longer Kelly's 9 a.m. show would last.

It's not immediately clear what's next for Kelly.

Kelly apologized to her colleagues later that day in an internal email, saying, "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry".

Kelly, one of the moderating journalists, grilled Trump on his disparaging comments about women, noting he had called them "dogs", "fat pigs", "slobs" and "disgusting animals".

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