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Megyn Kelly 'Definitely' Returning to TV After NBC Finalizes Exit Agreement

Megyn Kelly 'Definitely' Returning to TV After NBC Finalizes Exit Agreement

Kelly will be walking away with her full $69 million contract, meaning she will be collecting a lump sum between $25 and $30 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The network announced on October 26 that Kelly's hour-long segment on the "Today" show - which was already troubled by mediocre ratings - would not return after her controversial "blackface" remarks. Kelly apologized to her staff that afternoon.

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.

While at Fox, her accusations of unwanted sexual advances by the network's late chief executive, Roger Ailes, helped lead to his firing. Fox reportedly offered her a new contract worth more than $20 million a year, but Kelly was eager to shed the combative style she honed at the conservative network.

Time magazine, which honored "The Silence Breakers" as its Person of the Year in 2017, cited Kelly as the group's leader in the entertainment field.

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Last September, Kelly publicly contradicted part of Lack's account about why NBC opted not to air Ronan Farrow's reporting about Harvey Weinstein. " 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". Her talk show was cancelled within days, and her lawyer began negotiating the terms of her exit. "You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween".

"You'll definitely see me back on", she replied, adding that her first priority is to get a new dog.

Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks. Her regret over the comment, however, was apparently not enough to sway NBC executives.

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


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