With settlement, Kelly and NBC News part ways

By Sarah Ellison | The Washington Post

Megyn Kelly and NBC News have finally found something they can agree on after months of standoff: They are finally and officially done with one another.

“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” read a joint statement from Kelly and NBC released late Friday.

Kelly will receive the remainder of her three-year contract, valued at $69 million, which was only halfway complete and was to end in spring 2020. But, as far as benign corporate separation announcements go, it doesn’t get any more vicious than a cursory single sentence goodbye.

It does not mention the fanfare that greeted Kelly when NBC News Chairman Andy Lack wooed her from Fox News in 2017. It also makes no mention of how the relationship between the news star and network deteriorated. There were Kelly’s racially insensitive comments around Halloween questioning why blackface costumes are deemed racist; her morning show’s disappointing ratings; her large salary; and her contention that NBC execs balked at her aggressive coverage of the network’s sexual harassment scandals.

All of those issues played into the end of Kelly’s time with NBC and made for a dramatic closing to one of the most closely watched relationships in television news.

The two sides differed on how Kelly’s tenure should be described in the release announcing her departure, with her representatives arguing for a more effusive recognition of her contributions to NBC News.

However, NBC News executives resisted praising Kelly without also explicitly mentioning her controversial blackface comments, according to three people familiar with the negotiations.

Kelly has also long suspected colleagues at NBC of leaking information about her, including her reported $23 million annual salary, which created significant envy inside NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters. It’s not clear whether Kelly is bound by an agreement that prevents her from talking freely about her time at NBC, but “she is pleased with the final resolution,” according to a source close to her.

There is no noncompete language in the agreement, but neither side expects Kelly to immediately leap into another television opportunity. A standard provision of separation agreements would stipulate that if Kelly finds another job before her NBC contract is fully paid out, then NBC can subtract her new salary from what it owes her.

Kelly and her husband cheerfully greeted paparazzi Thursday night on the streets of Manhattan. According to video published by TMZ, Kelly

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