Former news anchor Megyn Kelly has officially broken ties to NBC and saved the remaining payments from her staggering $ 69 million deal, the network said Friday night.
"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC," the company said in a statement.
Kelly is barely halfway through her three-year deal, but NBC has agreed to give her The network.
Kelly Fox News's January 2017 headline-grabbing confrontation with Donald Trump during the presidential campaign never quite clicked on her new network on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" and her morning talk show "Megyn Kelly Today "rating was lackluster. Her numerous gaffes – better suited for Fox News – caused tension in her new job.
The last straw was their defense in October of Halloween costumes that included Blackface. Kelly said it was OK when she was "a kid" (she was born in 1970) to put on blackface – "as long as you dress up as a character." It was also acceptable, she believed, as "Real Housewives of New." The reality star of York, Luanne de Lesseps, wore a black face as Diana Ross in one episode.
"I do not know how it became racist on Halloween," Kelly said in comments that made viewers and colleagues, including a stunned Al, angry with Roker.
She apologized soon. "I've never been a kind of" P.C. "[politically correct] – but I understand that we need to be more sensitive these days," she said. But NBC has canceled their show.
As part of her NBC deal, she has signed a "non-reduction" clause that limits what she can say about NBC, according to CNN. However, according to People, she has not signed an agreement that would not oblige her to work for a competing network.
Roker, Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones will now officially fill the third hour The "Today" show was created when Kelly's program was canceled, an NBC source told People magazine.
Kelly collided with Trump in 2015 during a debate between candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
Kelly, one of the moderating journalists, grinned at Trump over his derogatory comments about women and said he called them "dogs." "Fat pigs", "sluts" and "disgusting animals."
"You once said to a candidate on" Celebrity Apprentice "[that] that it would be a" pretty picture "to see her on her knees – does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we presidents should choose? "Kelly asked.
Trump replied, "Frankly, I have no time for total political correctness, and to be honest, this country has no time.
Later he struck her. "You could see blood was coming out of her eyes. Blood comes from her – wherever, "said Trump. Later, he also crashed her professionalism and called her "Bimbo".
The controversial Blackface remarks were among several racially insensitive utterances by Kelly on the NBC, including her insistence that Santa and Jesus are "white."
She also once said that women "want to be fatally ashamed" to help them lose weight. She later apologized for this comment.