Megyn Kelly officially leaves NBC with reported $30 million payout

Megyn Kelly’s fate at NBC was sealed when she pondered why “blackface” is frowned upon during a live panel discussion last year

Megyn Kelly’s fate at NBC was sealed when she pondered why “blackface” is frowned upon during a live panel discussion last year

She hosted a daytime talk show, started a Sunday night news show and was to be featured in regular political coverage on the network's news programs.

NBC says she'll be replaced in the third hour of the "Today" show by anchors Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones.

News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the "Today" show floundered.

"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC", according to an NBC News statement.

She brought up blackface during a segment the week before Halloween while holding a round-table discussion with an all-white panel about offensive costumes.

Megyn Kelly was midway through a lucrative contract that paid her US$69 million over three years.

Kelly, who moved from Fox News in January 2017 after a headline-grabbing confrontation with Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, never quite clicked at her new network. Kelly asked her guests.

"But what is racist?" she wondered aloud.

"You'll definitely see me back on", she replied, adding that her first priority is to get a new dog. NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network.

She then defended a white reality star who dressed as singer Diana Ross, saying, "I felt like, who doesn't love Diana Ross?"

The final straw was her defense in October of Halloween costumes that include blackface.

The negotiations are finally over: Megyn Kelly is out the door.

Kelly gave a tearful apology on the show the next day.

By that point, there were already questions about how much longer Kelly's 9 a.m. show would last. And Lack condemned Kelly's comments at a town hall, a clear sign that she had lost the support of the executive who helped woo her to the network.