Megyn Kelly officially split with NBC, taking the reminder of her $ 69 million contract with her, but leaving behind any aspiration of becoming the next queen of talk-show TV.
"The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC, ”the company said in a statement Friday evening.
Both sides have been wrangling over the fine details since her show, Megyn Kelly Today, went off the air in October.
NBC first hired Kelly in January 2017, fresh off of a contentious election year that saw Kelly swept into President Donald Trump's orbit or insults. Her eye-popping contract deal ̵
Kelly reportedly wanted to "help the way Oprah did." By design, here pivot to a daytime talk show avoided the type of adversarial coverage that made her name ("I am child of done with politics for now" , "She said before her show launch).
It was meant to be a blend of news and lifestyle segments, set before a live studio audience at the 9 am slot to roll the Today Show into its third hour of the morning. Kelly's lucrative deal with NBC to turn sour
Kelly does not have a non-compete clause in her contract, meaning she is free to attempt a television comeback as she pleases. But given her history, it's hard say she ever had a chance to be the next Oprah.
Gaffe after gaffe showed a lack of compassion toward her guests and audience
Part of what raised her profile in the first place as Fox media was a sharp, often confrontational interview style. When confronted with that stance, for instance, Trump resorted to remarkably crash and sexist tactics to demean her intelligence and stature – most notably on 2015 presidential debate when he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever." Yet Kelly emerged on The other side as a strong female journalist who was walking away from Fox News as it was becoming buried during sexual harassment suits, and standing up to a bully who reviled the press.
That was the brand Kelly was hoping to capitalize on in here it was rocky from the start. Her show was an almost immediate flop, where time and time again, Kelly was caught passing on her own audience and guests.
Within the first week, Kelly shamed Jane Fonda at the pressures of plastic surgery for women in the entertainment industry – instead of the new movie the actress was there to discuss. She insulted an audience member by saying "she became gay" after watching the TV sitcom "Will and Grace." Then months later, she mentioned the efficacy of body shaming, saying her stepfather's insights about her body were helping her stay smart.
The final nail in the coffin for her show was a defense of blackface, when she ignored the practice's long discriminatory history, asking, "What is racist?"
Not all morning talk-show hosts need to have an apolitical angle – for some, political divisions are a defining facet. Yet the frequency of her death – adding to her long history of tone-deaf and racially-offensive remarks – she is constantly reminder of the factor . It's not just charm, but compassion.
Oprah revolutionized the talk show industry by making vulnerability and comparing a priority on her show. Nearly eight years after the Oprah Winfrey Show went off air, Oprah is widely popular and is currently found on Democratic wishlist of celebrity presidential contenders. Rather than shy away from politics, if Kelly is doing now, Oprah is leaning in with full force.
Oprah created a talk-show that every day Americans at the forefront of her show. Instead, too often, Kelly found herself the center of the story.