Megyn Kelly finalizing exit terms with NBC: How much will she get paid?


Megyn Kelly is going to get her payout.

Sources close to the television personality's exit negotiations with NBC News revealed to Page Six on Tuesday that Kelly is finalizing a $30 million exit deal from the network, weeks after it canceled "Megyn Kelly Today" in the wake of Kelly's controversial blackface comments.

"Everyone wants this to be over -- both Megyn and NBC -- and Comcast has the money to pay off Megyn," a source said of NBC's parent company. "We thought this would be a done deal a few weeks ago."

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"It’s taking slightly longer than expected, the paperwork is going back and forth," another insider echoed.

Kelly is expected to be paid the rest of her reported $69 million three-year deal that she signed with NBC News back in 2017 following her exit from Fox News after a decade. She was just a year and a half into her tenure at the broadcast network, which included "Megyn Kelly Today" and "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, along with special coverage, before they pulled the plug on her low-rated morning show. And she feels as though she's entitled to a payout, which sources say shouldn't be a huge deal for Comcast.

"NBC decided rather than fight and face a lawsuit from her, they -- and more importantly Comcast with all its money -- decided to draw a line under the entire debacle and pay Megyn the full amount owed in her contract to go away," a TV source said of the situation.

Well, at least "go away" from NBC. The same "senior" source indicated that the public should expect Kelly to return to television fairly quickly -- likely sometime next year -- on a different network, as the country prepares for the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

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"But this is far from the end of her TV career," the source told Page Six. "In the Trump era there are few broadcasters like her. Megyn would likely take a short break from TV and return to cable news ahead of the 2020 election."

Megyn Kelly and NBC are expected to finalize her exit terms next week.

Back on the "Today" show, ratings are up across the board in Kelly's absence. Not only is viewership in Kelly's former 9 a.m. hour up a reported 10 percent, but overall ratings are up, too, which have helped "Today" surpass rival "Good Morning America."