The lawyer representing Megyn Kelly in her exit talks with the Peacock Network criticized NBC News' presumed president, Andy Lack, for allowing "completely false and irresponsible" rumors to circulate and asked parent company NBCUniversal to intervene.
"Despite my efforts to handle this process confidentially, NBC News is allowing the media to come up with completely false and irresponsible reports that disparage Megyn by mistakenly claiming that she once asked for more money than her contract requires," he said. Kelly's lawyer, Bryan Freedman, in a statement. to Fox News. "If NBC News is not the source, they have the responsibility as a news division to correct these false claims. Or are they trying in some way to use these fabrications to gain a fictitious advantage in the discussions we are having? "
One of the rumors circulating is that Kelly wants an additional $ 10 million, in addition to his three-year contract worth $ 69 million, of which he has completed approximately half, to disappear. Freedman, who did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for an additional comment, ended his statement with an attack on Lack, implying that his boss must intervene.
"If Andy Lack has lost control, my hope would be that [NBCUniversal CEO] "Steve Burke can intervene and not allow outright lies about our discussions to remain uncorrected," said Freedman.
"Unlike Mr. Freedman, who has repeatedly commented to the media during the negotiations, we respect the confidentiality of the process and will not have comments until it reaches its conclusion," said a spokesman for NBC News.
NBCUniversal did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Lack has been clinging to his concert at the top of NBC News in the midst of numerous scandals and shames, including refusing to publish Ronan Farrow's award-winning report on Harvey Weinstein and allowing Donald Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" film to make indecent comments about women to infiltrate their department from inside The lack also remained silent when Joy Reid claimed that the hate rhetoric on her blog prior to fame was planted by hackers, a claim that quickly collapsed. Last week, the lack was criticized for sitting on information that would have cast serious doubts on outlandish claims about now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"If NBC News is not the source, they have the responsibility as a news division to correct these false claims."
All this is in addition to refusing to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about the sexual misconduct of former NBC News actor Matt Lauer. Instead, Lack allowed NBC executives to claim that the administration was not aware of Lauer's behavior. Kelly had infuriated NBC executives by requesting an outside investigation into her now-canceled morning show "Megyn Kelly Today."
As conversations between Kelly's team and NBC continue, a source close to the situation told Fox News that a non-disclosure agreement is among the delays.
"Megyn will not sign an NDA if NBC News continues to spread lies about her," Kelly's friend told Fox News.
Kelly was no stranger to the negative information that leaked to the press from NBC headquarters, even long before rumors of the exit negotiation emerged.
NBC News canceled "Megyn Kelly Today" last week after the program's namesake commented on whether "blackface" is racist or not. Many industry insiders feel that Lack is using the "blackface" comments to dismiss Kelly, who exhausted her welcome with disappointing grades and her emphasis on combating sexual misconduct.
It's not clear why NBC News wants Kelly to sign an NDA, but she has hinted that she knows about some of the skeletons in NBC's closet.
"I know too much that others do not know," Kelly said in an interview with Us Weekly when asked if Lauer could return.