Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

‘Next steps’ talks ongoing - Megyn Kelly’s lawyer

‘Next steps’ talks ongoing - Megyn Kelly’s lawyer

Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year. "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".

Now that Megyn Kelly has been ousted from her seat on the TODAY Show, it looks like Al Roker may get some sweet revenge.

There was a brief mention of the recent events at the top of the program, when Hoda Kotb, Craig melvin and Al Roker kicked off the hour, but no mention of Kelly's name.

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The backlash became more personal for Megyn Kelly as current students from Kelly's high school rejected her controversial statement that blackface was acceptable when she was growing up in Bethlehem, New York. 26, 2018 that "Megyn Kelly Today" will not return. "That was okay when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character".

A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that negotiations for Kelly's exit from NBC are underway.

Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at "Today" and saying she wanted viewers "to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day". Her show wasn't performing as well in the ratings as its predecessor, which featured Roker and other anchors. She said she wasn't clear on why some consider the practices racist.

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"The fact is while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country". It's unclear whether she will receive a new role within NBC News or leave the network.

Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she "remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing". "I learned that given the history of blackface being used in bad ways by racists in this country it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise". With regard to Brokaw, Kelly was not counted among the women who had pledged to support him after Variety and The Washington Post released reports of his alleged sexual harassment of former NBC and Fox News correspondent Linda Vester.

"[The $23 million figure] means that Kelly's remuneration package is bested only by Matt Lauer - who has been at NBC for 23 years - and has an estimated salary of $25 million", The Daily Beast's Tom Sykes pointed out at the time. Hall has since left the network, and NBC hasn't decided who will co-host with Roker this time around. When NBC shockingly fired him last November, everyone on the Today Show staff was crying.

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"She was trying to spread her wings and do a different type of show", Martin contended, according to NBC News. "Blood coming out of her wherever".

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