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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Paid in full: NBC News to make good on Megyn Kelly's $69 million contract as the two part ways - NY Daily News”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
After more than two months of negotiations, NBC News and the 48-year-old journalist have officially split but not before Kelly gets paid the remainder of her $69 million contract, reported The Washington Post Friday night.
“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” read a joint statement for NBC and Kelly late Friday.
Kelly, who became famous as a Fox News host, inked the three-year deal in 2017. But her much-heralded NBC talk show “Megyn Kelly Today” faced immediate backlash upon its debut. While critics panned her offputting personality and lackluster celebrity interviews that steered awry, the off-the-camera controversies proved to be the show’s death blow.
On her Oct. 23, 2018, program, Kelly’s panel discussion on the appropriateness of blackface was slammed after she mentioned on-air, “When I was a kid, (blackface) was OK as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” before adding reality star Luann de Lesseps “wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
Those comments, in which Kelly seemingly defends blackface, were highly criticized by both viewers and her peers. At the start of her show the following day, she offered a cringe-worthy public apology in which she appeared to be in agony delivering the words.
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