Megyn Kelly Leaves NBC With Giant Paycheck

Network will honor her full $69M deal
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2019 5:55 AM CST
This Sept. 21, 2017, file photo shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show, "Megyn Kelly Today" at NBC Studios in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Her controversial comments about blackface may have cost Megyn Kelly her show and future and NBC, but they won't hurt her bank account much. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Kelly officially parted ways on Friday with the network, which has agreed to pay her the remainder of her $69 million, three-year deal. Kelly had been about halfway through that contract, meaning her exit paycheck will be around $30 million, reports CNN.

Kelly likely will be restricted in what she can say about her rocky tenure as host of a morning show on the network, but she is not bound by a no-compete clause, meaning she can begin work at any competing outlet as soon as she'd like. Kelly has hinted about a relatively quick return to TV, though it's not clear where that might be. Fox News has not sounded much interested in having her return there. (Read more Megyn Kelly stories.)

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