Megyn Kelly and NBC News are close to a $ 30 million deal that will pay the full value of the remaining time in their three-year contract.
The news that the formal separation of Kelly and NBC is approaching was reported for the first time on Tuesday by the New York Post. A source close to the situation said that the remaining bargaining was not about money, but about the specific details of the non-compete clause and the non-disclosure agreement that NBC has pushed. The talks are not expected to conclude until next week due to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday.
Representatives of NBCUniversal, NBC News and Kelly declined to comment.
The imminent departure of Kelly is a purple eye for NBC News President Andrew Lack, who wagered large amounts of money to lure the former Fox News star to a three-year deal in early 2017.
Kelly was fired almost a month ago as host of the lucrative "Today" franchise of "NBC News" at 9 am after she defended the use of Blackface for Halloween costumes in the air.
Before the blackface segment, the executives of Kelly and NBC News had been in talks to find a new role beyond the morning show, challenged by the ratings, one that would involve her in difficult news. However, those conversations derailed after Kelly opened her October 23 broadcast with a discussion about Halloween costumes and her defense of the use of the black face that generated criticism not only on social networks, but also on colleagues. from NBC News, including Al Roker and Craig Melvin. .
The uproar made it untenable for NBC to keep Kelly in the air. And it was the last nail in the coffin in the relationship already pleases between Kelly, Lack and several of his colleagues at NBC News.
Kelly had a difficult start on NBC News when she launched the poorly received news magazine "Sunday With Megyn Kelly" at the beginning of her term. He changed his focus at 9 a.m. in September of 2017. Their first weeks in the air were interrupted, since it had uncomfortable exchanges in the air with guests like Jane Fonda and the cast of "Will & Grace".
After the #MeToo movement began to gain strength, Kelly found a niche by telling the stories of victims of sexual harassment and abuse. But she never recovered from the decreases in ratings her program offered compared to the previous "Today" host rotation.
Kelly's inability to adapt to the NBC News environment after making a name for herself as a difficult interviewer on Fox News reflects the balkanized nature of the television news scene these days. Kelly's audience on Fox News never followed her on daytime television. NBC News has been criticized for providing an estimated $ 23 million a year for a news star at a time when news gathering resources are running low amid the rise in political and national news and the growing number of news stories. platforms that need to be addressed.
Reports of a $ 30 million deal for Kelly to leave are also provoking outrage on social media and news organizations.