Megyn Kelly Formally Walks Away From NBC With $69 Million

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Kelly's last appearance on Today was on October 24, when she apologized for her remarks that occurred during a panel discussion about Halloween the day before. Kelly was in the second of a three-year contract that reportedly paid her more than $20 million USA a year.

Kelly's exit from NBC was greeted on social media with a mix of celebration and critical barbs directed at the network.

Things didn't exactly improve once Kelly's hour of NBC's flagship "Today" show kicked off in the fall of 2017.

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In this September 21, 2017 file photo, Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show, "Megyn Kelly Today" at NBC Studios in NY.

The former Fox News host was only half way through her three-year, multi-million contract with NBC when she made the shocking comment during Megyn Kelly Today.

Kelly was midway through a lucrative contract that paid her US$69 million over three years - an eye-popping sum even in the context of United States television news. Reports suggest Kelly will get a payout of up to $30 million from the network, on the condition that she honors a nondisparagement clause which limits what she can say about her time at NBC and her interactions with NBC executives.

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If Kelly truly knows "too much that others don't" regarding Lauer's sexual misconduct, it could explain why her exit negotiations took so long. NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud. "Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

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.

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

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