Megyn Kelly officially leaves NBC with reported $30 million payout

NBC News Megyn Kelly reach separation agreement

Terms were not disclosed.

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.

Honoree Megyn Kelly speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles at Milk Studios on December 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

The morning show host - who was removed from the network last year after making controversial comments on air - will be paid the remainder of her reported $69 million contract in the deal, the remaining value of her three-year contract. And the hostility surrounding her departure stands in sharp contrast to the optimism that greeted her arrival at NBC in January 2017.

Kelly's Sunday night newsmagazine program, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", was widely panned and discontinued after a short run in the summer of 2017.

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Her tenure was also a failure for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, who lured her from Fox News Channel with the type of big-money contract that was once standard in television news but now is less so with financial constrictions and less viewership. 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. She will be replaced in the third hour of "Today" by anchors Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, NBC said.

Last September, Kelly publicly contradicted part of Lack's account about why NBC opted not to air Ronan Farrow's reporting about Harvey Weinstein.

But when those stories began to fade, Kelly had trouble attracting an audience in the soft-focus world of morning television. "Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character".

It's not immediately clear what's next for Kelly.

Kelly apologized for the comment in a letter to NBC staff, and later made an on-air apology.

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