While NBC is cutting ties with Megyn Kelly after cancelling “Megyn Kelly Today” in the wake of her controversial comments about blackface last week, the network and the former Fox News host are still in the midst of negotiating the terms of her exit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are two main points being discussed: whether she’ll receive the entirety of her three-year, $69 million contract and whether she’ll sign a non-disparity agreement (NDA) that would effectively bar her from saying anything negative about her soon-to-be-former employer.
However, sources tell THR “that Kelly is resisting an NDA” in her exit, while her attorney Bryan Freedman is arguing that Kelly should be paid out in full (Kelly reportedly still has a year remaining on that three-year deal).
In a statement issued to ET Canada last week, NBC confirmed that “‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other ‘Today’ co-anchors.’”
In fact, viewers who tuned in to NBC on Monday morning were met by “Today” anchors Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker at the anchor desk, while Savannah Guthrie was in Pittsburgh covering the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
NBC News decided to cancel “Megyn Kelly Today” after the massive backlash that resulted when Kelly defended the notion of a white person wearing blackface in a Halloween costume, declaring, “back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
Kelly and her lawyer, Bryan Freedman, have since slammed the media and NBC for publishing unconfirmed information.
In a statement, Freedman blames Kelly’s former employers for allowing the media to “run with completely false and irresponsible reports” following her firing.