NBC Officially Cuts Ties With Megyn Kelly

LAGUNA NIGUEL CA- OCTOBER 02 Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel

Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially parted ways, three months after she stopped appearing on the network after making a widely criticized comment about blackface.

NBC News reported Kelly will leave the network with the remainder of her three-year, $69 million deal - about $30 million. News has reached its professional divorce agreement with anchor Kelly.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", according to an NBC News statement.

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 was lured away from her primetime perch at Fox News in 2017 by NBC News chief Andy Lack, to host her own hour of the Today show.

The split was announced on Friday ending a drawn-out and acrimonious exit that was put in motion in the fall after Kelly defended Halloween costumes that incorporate blackface during a segment on her 9 a.m. talk show.

Kelly, who moved from Fox News in January 2017 after a headline-grabbing confrontation with Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, never quite clicked at her new network.

When those stories began to fade, Kelly had trouble attracting an audience in the soft-focus world of morning television. " It was also acceptable, she believed, when "Real Housewives of New York" reality star Luanne de Lesseps wore blackface as Diana Ross for an episode".

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

Kelly said it was acceptable when she was a kid to don black face "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks.

There's no non-compete clause, meaning Kelly is free to seek other television work if she wants to.

The backlash to Kelly was swift and immediate, exceeding the outrage she generated for her remarks years ago about Santa's race.

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