Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Megyn Kelly Confirms Comeback to TV After NBC Exit for Defending Blackface

Megyn Kelly Confirms Comeback to TV After NBC Exit for Defending Blackface

In a statement to ET on Friday, the network confirmed that Kelly is officially out, almost three months after Megyn Kelly Today was canceled following the host's controversial blackface comments. According to multiple reports, Kelly is leaving the network with the remainder of her $69 million contract.

Kelly has been an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement, a position that irked NBC executives who thought she focused on it too much. Kelly asked her guests.

The split was announced on Friday ending a drawn-out and acrimonious exit that was put in motion in the fall after Kelly defended Halloween costumes that incorporate blackface during a segment on her 9 a.m. talk show.

Later that day, Kelly apologized to NBC staff in a memo, which was then criticized by Al Roker during the first hour of Today on October 24.

Her tenure was also a failure for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, who lured her from Fox News Channel with the type of big-money contract that was once standard in television news but now is less so with financial constrictions and less viewership.

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While at Fox, her accusations of unwanted sexual advances by the network's late chief executive, Roger Ailes, helped lead to his firing.

Despite her differences with NBC News management, Kelly won accolades for her interviews with accusers of President Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and other powerful men. She will be replaced in the third hour of "Today" by anchors Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones, NBC said. "Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween".

Kelly is not believed to be subject to any "noncompete" clause, which means that in theory she can join another network right away, the sources said.

"You'll definitely see me back on", she replied, adding that her first priority is to get a new dog.

It's not immediately clear what's next for Kelly.

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