Megyn Kelly officially ended with NBC after months of negotiations, the network announced Friday evening.
"The parties have resolved their differences and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC," said a statement from NBC News. The terms were not disclosed immediately.
Kelly was about halfway through a three-year deal for a whopping $ 69 million total. It is not immediately clear if he will receive all the remaining money.
The terms of a non-denigration agreement were critical to both parties, as Kelly made it clear that he knew some of the skeletons in the NBC cabinet.
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On Thursday evening, Kelly told a TMZ cameraman that he would "definitely" return to television in 2019.
Kelly's tenure at NBC News has been rocky since the beginning, starting with a brief Sunday night newsmagazine program, which was launched with a largely restricted interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. NBC News was then criticized for the way the network promoted its next interview – with the controversial "InfoWars" host Alex Jones, who infamously called the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 by shooting a hoax.
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Things did not improve exactly when Kelly of NBC's "Today" flagship began in the fall of 2017. "Today" the faithful were furious because Tamron Hall, his favorite fan, he had shown the door to make room for Kelly. So "Megyn Kelly Today" caused a sensation when the guest, very rewarded, asked the Hollywood icon Jane Fonda of her plastic surgery – which caused a public feud.
Kelly's first season was an average of 2.4 million viewers, 375,000 less than the show "Oggi" that he had 9 hours before his arrival. His fate at NBC was essentially sealed when he reflected on why "blackface" is disapproved during a live discussion of Halloween costumes.
NBC announced on October 26 that Kelly's tormented NBC News "Today" flagship would not return after the controversial "blackface" remarks. From the announcement, his status has been in limbo while lawyers have elaborated the details of the separation.
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The tough Hollywood lawyer Bryan Freedman, who publicly broke into NBC during the trial, represented Kelly. He accused the network of circulating "completely false and irresponsible" rumors, while NBC mocked Freedman for negotiating through the media.
Kelly was only about halfway through a three-year megacontract. Because of the high salary, many insiders believe that the "blackface" scandal has provided NBC with a useful excuse to download Kelly.
The former Fox News star has become famous for being the first time the first night was unleashed and the media guardians felt embarrassed in a frothy morning show from the start.
In addition, Kelly is a champion of the #MeToo movement and Irish network clans, filming on NBC for not having hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation into the company's culture, as NBC News was involved in a variety of sexual misconduct scandals during its short term.
The Daily Beast published a bomb report in September detailing the story of NBC News president Andy Lack on the use of non-disclosure and separation agreements to his advantage. The story also found that Lack was "annoyed," Kelly insisted "in turning the show into a regular forum for alleged victims of powerful men."
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The news division of Lack was set on fire for refusing to broadcast journalist Ronan Farrow reporting Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct. Farrow's reporting helped launch the #MeToo movement and won the coveted Pulitzer Prize after its publication in The New Yorker.
In addition to Weinstein's debacle, NBC stated that management was unaware of the widespread sexual conduct of Matt Lauer, which was found through internal investigators.
The lack – which Kelly personally brought to NBC – was a close friendship with Lauer, who was arrested at the height of the #MeToo movement for sexual misconduct. Kelly raised his eyebrows last year when asked if Lauer could ever make a comeback.
"I know too much that others do not know," Kelly said in an interview with Us Weekly.
If Kelly really knows "too much that others do not" about Lauer's sexual misconduct, she might explain why her exit negotiations took so long.