Kelly's representatives have not commented further.
In other words: NBC bought Kelly out of her contract. Her regret over the comment, however, was apparently not enough to sway NBC executives. Kelly, 48, asked Jacob Soboroff, Melissa Rivers, and Jenna Bush Hager during a discussion about censoring Halloween costumes. "Today" loyalists were furious that fan favorite Tamron Hall was shown the door to make room for Kelly.
Megyn Kelly has officially parted ways with NBC News, agreeing to be paid the rest of her $69 million three-year contract signed two years ago. Her remarks prompted an immediate outcry that led to Kelly's suspension and eventual removal from Today.
Kelly's future with NBC was in doubt long before she suggested it was appropriate for white people to wear Halloween costumes with blackface during a segment of her 9 a.m. talk show.
Roker, Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones will now officially fill the third hour of the "Today" show created when Kelly's program was axed, an NBC source told People magazine. Since the announcement, her status had been in limbo as lawyers worked out the details of the breakup.
Kelly's exit from NBC was greeted on social media with a mix of celebration and critical barbs directed at the network.
In addition, Kelly is a champion of the #MeToo movement and irked network honchos by taking on-air shots at NBC for not hiring an independent law firm to conduct an investigation into the culture of the company, as NBC News was caught up in a variety of sexual misconduct scandals during her short tenure.
She soon apologized. "I've never been a 'P.C.' [politically correct] kind of person - but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age", she said.