Megyn Kelly's blackface comment will reportedly fetch her $30 million in exit deal

A day after the scandal, Kelly issued an apology on the show and also shared an internal statement with her colleagues at NBC.


                            Megyn Kelly's blackface comment will reportedly fetch her $30 million in exit deal

Although the former NBC presenter Megyn Kelly received a lot of flak over her controversial blackface comment, her send-off from the television network is nothing short of grand as she is reportedly in the process of finalizing a $30 million exit deal with the NBC, where she hosted the show Megan Kelly Today.

Page Six, on Tuesday, reported that Kelly's exit is "taking slightly longer than expected" because "the paperwork is going back and forth." The television presenter was removed from the hosting gig after an episode of her former show in October, where she appeared to dismiss how wearing blackface as a Halloween costume was controversial.

Kelly, at the time, had said: "When I was a kid, that was OK, so long as you were dressing up in character." Her statement drew worldwide criticism even from her colleagues at the television network and the controversy resulted in her having to issue an apology.

 



 

 

A day after the scandal, Kelly issued an apology on the show and also shared an internal statement with her colleagues at NBC.

" To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her? I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong and I am sorry," she wrote in the statement. "The history of blackface in our country is abhorrent; the wounds too deep. I've never been a 'PC' person—but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year."

"This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion. I'm honored to work with all of you every day," Kelly added.

 



 

 

Reports state that before she was fired from the television network, she was ranked as NBC's highest-paid television personality. A list released by Variety earlier this year had stated that she was earning a sum close to $18 million. Reports state that her salary was allegedly raised to $33 million after a year of working at NBC. 

Kelly, however, had refuted the reports of her hefty raise and had said in October: "Somebody put out a number and everybody else has run with it, saying this must be the number and it isn't. But that's fine. People want to believe want they want to believe."