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Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Report: A non-disclosure agreement was the sticking point in Megyn Kelly's NBC News exit -- not her $30 million payout
Source: Page Six
According to Page Six, NBC didn't want Kelly to speak out about her time at NBC News. So that's why she came away with the full value of her $69 contract.
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Megyn Kelly's NBC run was a disaster from start to finish
Source: BuzzFeed News
"Megyn Kelly's conclusive separation from NBC News, which was finally — FINALLY! — announced on Friday, was ugly and bungle," says Kate Aurthur. "Just like her time on the network. Kelly's whole year-and-a-half run was like witnessing a slow-motion train wreck. But the past two and a half months — during which Kelly's lawyer and NBC negotiated her exit agreement — have been fascinating: The network couldn't even fire her efficiently."
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 11:10PM EST
Megyn Kelly and NBC agree to part ways -- she'll be paid the rest of her $69 million contract
Source: The New York Times
“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” NBC News said in a statement Friday night, two-and-a-half months after her ouster from Megyn Kelly Today over her blackface controversy. According to The New York Times, Kelly will be paid roughly $30 million, which is the balance of her three-year $69 million deal. In the 11 weeks since her departure, Kelly has earned roughly $5 million. Meanwhile, Today's 9 a.m. ratings have risen to roughly 2.9 million viewers from an average of 2.4 million with Megyn Kelly Today. Perhaps because her exit deal was looming, Kelly briefly spoke last night to TMZ, telling the outlet that she plans to be back on TV in 2019.
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
NBC shouldn't be absolved for the Megyn Kelly debacle
Source: The Atlantic
From NBC News chairman Andy Lack saying "I condemn those remarks" to making sure that Today and NBC Nightly News covered Kelly's blackface controversy as a major news story, it seems like NBC is displaying "performances of innocence," says Megan Garber. "And yet NBC—there is a creaking inevitability to every element of this—is now trying to get ahead of the story that happens to be, once again, about itself," she says. "It is attempting to frame Kelly’s departure as a matter of morality rather than a matter of money." But don't forget that Lack has overseen the Access Hollywood Donald Trump tapes debacle, the Ronan Farrow Harvey Weinstein reporting debacle and the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct debacle. As Garber points out, NBC "has this week gone through its own ritual of attempted public conversion. NBC, too, is apolitical, the network is suggesting on its own behalf, as it reportedly prepares to pay Kelly a massive sum to take her act elsewhere. It, too, is innocent. After all, couldn’t the newscaster who insisted that 'Santa just is white' have changed her attitude, under NBC’s warm influence? Can’t a tiger change its stripes? NBC, too, was just asking questions." But Garber adds: "Here is another question, though: What if, when Megyn Kelly wondered aloud why blackface is bad, her ratings had been high? What if she had been a darling of advertisers? What if she had proved better able to return on the massive investment NBC had made in her, and for her? Here is the answer: NBC would very likely, right now, be selling a line about the relatability of Megyn Kelly’s confusion—about how so many Americans have more to understand about their shared history and shared culture, about the ways Kelly’s questions, innocent if ignorant, represent, in the end, a learning opportunity for all. Megyn Kelly, right now, would very likely be undergoing another time-honored American ritual, this one anchored in the sweeping demands of celebrity: the solemn ceremonies of 'moving on.' Apology, forgiveness, forgetfulness—the prodigal daughter, returned to 30 Rock once more."
- "The problem with Megyn Kelly Today is that it was always a morning talk show about a woman who really wanted a morning talk show," says Hank Stuever. "She came to it with only a nominal interest in anything but herself. She treats everything as a subject and only goes with what she think she already knows. She never had empathy, she's not a good listener, and she loves to make excuses. And for all the talk about how smart she is, she never seemed to do any homework. That's how you wind up being a person in 2018 who hasn't figured out why blackface is not okay and how culture and history got to the mutual understanding that it isn't."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Kelly's blackface defense was "hate-crime adjacent": "She’s an educated person with a news background, so there’s no way she is not informed on the issue. Which means she deliberately, without regard to the harm she would inflict on people of color, chose to pull out this old controversy. Not quite a hate crime, but hate crime-adjacent."
- How does NBC News chairman Andy Lack still have a job with a "record of deep shame" overseeing so many controversies?
- Kelly learned that TV star power is a delicate thing and cannot easily be transplanted -- just ask Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Jane Pauley and Anderson Cooper
- Networks won't touch Kelly if she leaves NBC News: She'll have very few big-time career opportunities
- Geraldo Rivera again defends Kelly: "She said something stupid, but she didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. She was just telling the truth about how she was raised and how things were back in the day."
- Could NBC News keep Kelly in an "Ann Curry situation" -- giving her fake jobs to save face?
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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Megyn Kelly is returning to NBC's Sunday night lineup for at least one night
The one-hour special airing in August is expected to be a resuscitation of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. NBC announced in March that Kelly would return to primetime "periodically."
Posted Monday 10/23/17 at 7:15PM EDT
Fox News fires correspondent John Huddy after his sister discussed her Bill O’Reilly sexual assault allegations on Megyn Kelly Today
Huddy, the Jerusalem-based correspondent was axed soon after his sister Juliet Huddy went on Megyn Kelly’s talk show this morning. A Fox News spokesperson says the firing was a result of a “thorough investigation in a physical altercation earlier this month.” ALSO: Bill O'Reilly apologizes to Eric Bolling for invoking his son's death while defending his sexual harassment allegations.
Posted Wednesday 8/30/17 at 3:50PM EDT
Report: NBC worried that Megyn Kelly’s disappointing ratings on her primetime show will follow her to Today
Source: The Daily Beast
Insiders tell The Daily Beast that NBC execs are in “total panic," fearing that her Sept. 25 Megyn Kelly Today debut will be overly scrutinized.