Megyn Kelly, NBC News reach separation agreement

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Kelly apologized on her show the next day, but it wasn't enough: Lack condemned her remarks in a town hall meeting at NBC, and by the end of the week Megyn Kelly Today was cancelled.

NBC announced Friday night that it has reached a final exit agreement (see: payout) with Kelly, whose departure was prompted when she questioned on air whether wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume is actually racist.

Kelly made a tearful apology to viewers following her blackface comments, but it proved to be her last appearance on NBC News.

NBC hired Kelly in January 2017, beating out several networks that had expressed interest in the FOX News star.

Megyn Kelly was midway through a lucrative contract that paid her US$69 million over three years. Many predicted when the former Fox News pundit was brought in that Kelly's tenure at NBC would end in disgrace. " It was also acceptable, she believed, when "Real Housewives of New York" reality star Luanne de Lesseps wore blackface as Diana Ross for an episode".

In a statement released by NBC on Saturday, the network said that it had resolved its differences with Kelly and that she was no longer an employee.

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"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

"You truly 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", she added. "Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character".

Her comments that drew outrage on social media and condemnations from Kelly's colleagues at NBC, including Craig Melvin and Al Roker, and was covered by Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News.

Both Kelly's morning show and Sunday evening news program struggled to find viewers.

Nearly three months and $69 million later, the disgraced TV host who got suspended for her thoughtless on-air remarks about blackface in late 2018, is no longer an employee of NBC.

Megyn Kelly Today kicked off in mid-2017, though the show seemed to be doomed from the start.

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