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By Claire Atkinson and Dylan Byers
NBC News and Megyn Kelly are in talks about the anchor leaving the network, according to a source familiar with the situation.
"The conversations about Megyn's departure from the network have already started," said the source, who was not authorized to speak in public, on Thursday night.
NBC News declined to comment on the talks, but noted in a previous statement: "Given the circumstances, & Me ;, Megyn Kelly Today & # 39; will be recorded the rest of the week."
Kelly's representatives are scheduled to meet with company executives on Friday, according to another source with direct knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly. The same source said that it seems "extremely unlikely" that she will remain in the network. A representative of Kelly declined to comment.
The executives will probably be weighing whether Kelly will receive a financial package or if he breached his contract with the network. Kelly receives $ 23 million per year and has a three-year contract that was signed in January 2017, according to a source familiar with the contract.
The presenter attracted immediate criticism on Tuesday after she defended the use of the black face during Halloween.
"What is racist? Because you get in trouble if you're a white person who puts on a black face for Halloween or a black person who puts on a white face for Halloween," he said during a segment. "When I was a kid, it was fine as long as you were disguised as a character."
His comments triggered a firestorm on social media and were also reprimanded by his colleagues on "Today".
Kelly apologized on Wednesday during the opening of her show.
"I'm Megyn Kelly and I want to start with two words: I'm sorry," he said. "I learned that given the history of the black face used by racists in this country, it is not right that it should be so, to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise."
On Thursday, Kelly's show broadcast a replay.
His initial comments led to the condemnation of his NBC News colleagues on the air, including Al Roker, who spoke on Wednesday's "Today" episode about the historical context of why blackface is offensive.
"She owes a bigger apology to people all over the country of color," Roker said. "This is a story that goes back to the minstrel shows of the 1830s to degrade and denigrate a race, it was not good."
The president of NBC News, Andy Lack, led the comments on Wednesday at an event scheduled at City Hall. "There is no other way to say this: I condemn those comments, there is no place in our air or in this place of work for them," he said.
On Wednesday night, Kelly fired her talent agent at the Creative Artists Agency and was in talks to be represented by the United Talent Agency, before the agency ended the talks.
Kelly joined NBC News in January 2017 after having taken a leading role on Fox News as host of "The Kelly File."
Shortly after joining NBC News, Kelly generated negative headlines for several reasons, including her interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Kelly's interview with Jane Fonda also provoked criticism after asking the Academy Award-winning actress about Fonda plastic surgery.
Kelly's program, which replaced the "Today" program time anchored by Tamron Hall and Roker, has not attracted the same ratings. His time period attracted 2.68 million viewers in the first seven months of 2017, while Kelly's show of the year to date attracted an average of 2.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen.