Megyn Kelly is in the final stages of finalizing her departure from NBC News for $ 30 million, according to a New York Post report published on Tuesday.
Kelly, who jumped from Fox News to NBC for a three-year, $ 69 million contract, has not been on the air since last month, when her comments on Halloween costumes went viral. During a panel segment, Kelly said that dressing with a black face was considered correct when she grew up "as long as you were dressing like a character". The comments sparked outrage from a variety of voices, including NBC talent such as Al Roker, whom Kelly replaced at 9 a.m.
The negotiation process, according to the Post, is taking longer than expected because the paperwork "comes and goes", since, apparently, both parties are eager to move forward.
"Everyone wants this to end, both Megyn and NBC, and Comcast has the money to pay Megyn in. We thought this would be a deal made a few weeks ago," a source told Post's "Page Six".
"The NBC decided instead of fighting and facing a lawsuit from her, they, and most importantly, Comcast with all their money, decided to draw a line below the debacle and pay Megyn the total amount owed on their contract for let him go, "said another source.
Kelly left Fox News as the highest rated cable news anchor in 2016. The network reportedly offered her a four-year, $ 100 million contract to host "The Kelly File" and events principal as co-presenter, including the night of the elections. coverage.
But Kelly opted for NBC instead, citing the need to spend more time with his three young children after school and during the evening hours, something he could not do on weekdays as a host on Fox.
The former lawyer was also at the center of the allegations of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes, the former president and CEO of Fox News who died last year.
Presenter Gretchen Carlson filed a harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016. Ailes was expelled almost two weeks after an internal investigation that included interviews with Kelly, who also claimed that Ailes had sexually harassed her in private meetings.
The Hill has contacted NBC and Kelly for comments.