US TV host Megyn Kelly gets NZ$44 million payout

The 48-year-old television personality parted ways with the network following her controversial discussion of blackface worn for Halloween costumes.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", the company said in a statement.

Roker, Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones will now officially fill the third hour of the "Today" show created when Kelly's program was axed, an NBC source told People magazine.

Kelly's exit from NBC was greeted on social media with a mix of celebration and critical barbs directed at the network.

In October, her morning news show, Megyn Kelly Today, was canceled after the 47-year-old anchor expressed sympathy for white people wearing blackface as part of Halloween costumes.

Megyn Kelly and NBC News have finalized a multi-million dollar settlement deal, Mediaite has learned.

She made news at NBC when interviewing women who accused Trump of inappropriate behaviour and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill. Their ratings were an 18 percent increase from her average audience of 29 million.

Kelly was midway through a lucrative contract that paid her US$69 million over three years - an eye-popping sum even in the context of United States television news.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

Terms of a non-disparagement agreement were critical for both sides, as Kelly has hinted that she knows about some of the skeletons in NBC's closet. NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network. "Because 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".

Prior to her tenure at NBC, she spent over a decade in various roles at Fox News.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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