Kelly Expected To Exit NBC Next Week With Remainder Of $69 Million Contract

Commentator Megyn Kelly poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast at MILK Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo Megyn Kelly poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. Kelly defended her decision to feature "InfoWars" host Alex Jones on h... FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo Megyn Kelly poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. Kelly defended her decision to feature "InfoWars" host Alex Jones on her NBC newsmagazine despite taking heat Monday from families of Sandy Hook shooting victims and others, saying it's her job to "shine a light" on newsmakers. Critics argue that NBC's platform legitimizes the views of a man who, among other conspiracy theories, has suggested that the killing of 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 was a hoax. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) MORE LESS
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November 21, 2018 7:45 a.m.

Ousted daytime show host Megyn Kelly is expected to leave NBC officially as early as next week with more than $30 million, which is the remainder of her three-year, $69 million contract with the network, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

According to a person familiar with the matter, Kelly’s lawyers and NBC officials have been arguing over “nonfinancial” issues for the past several weeks, including noncompete and nondisclosure agreements.

Kelly was less than half-way through her three-year contract when she was booted off the network and her show was cancelled last month, just hours after she defended the use of blackface for Halloween costumes live on-air. Kelly later apologized and even suggested she didn’t know the racist history of blackface until that day.

While blackface-gate might have been the final straw, officials had been in talks for some time about Kelly’s departure. Some NBC News executives were wary of how well Kelly would perform from the start, given she was moving from doing hard news interviews at Fox News to a day time show.

“We were a baseball team and we signed a free-agent running back,” one senior NBC News executive told WSJ.

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