Former Fox News and NBC host, Megyn Kelly, is just about free to take a new job at any news outlet because negotiations over her leaving the $69 million contract with NBC are almost resolved. One source said that Kelly is not expected to be subject to any non-compete restrictions. That means she can look for employment at other networks.
So where will Kelly land?
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MSNBC is no longer an option for Kelly, and according to sources, CNN, ABC News and CBS News either don’t have immediate interest or are not able to find a spot for Kelly.
It is also unclear if Kelly will try to return to where she became sought after, Fox News.
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said at a conference last month that he was “very happy with our current lineup on Fox News and we won’t be making any changes there.”
Kelly’s departure from NBC happened amid a scandal about a “blakface” comment on her morning show. Negotiations are still being finalized on the three year deal she had with the network from 2017. Kelly’s severance package is being worked out from the $69 million contract. It was leaked two weeks ago that the host was close to getting a $30 million dollar payout from NBC.
The package that Kelly will potentially receive from NBC angered several in the industry. “When my friends get laid off, they get three weeks of severance and a few retweets begging editors to hire them,” Zach Schonfeld tweeted at the time.
“Anyway, congrats to Megyn Kelly for getting $69 million for thinking blackface is fine,” he added.
New York Times and Esquire contributor, Maris Kreizman, tweeted at the time: “I’m feeling sad because I’ll never be incompetent and unscrupulous enough to get an 8-figure severance package.”
Bill Grueskin a Columbia journalist, put things in perspective. He tweeted that Kelly’s payout could also pay for the Texas Tribune’s expenses for more than three years.
The comment that created the stir from Kelly was this: “But what is racist?,” Kelly said at the time. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween.
“Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character,” Kelly said.
Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show the following day.
Credit: Daily Mail