The departure of Megyn Kelly from NBC is complicated by his contract of $ 23 million a year, according to several sources told PEOPLE.
Kelly, 47, still has two years of contract left even though the network canceled her time Today Show following his controversial comments about Blackface.
As they discussed the universities' attempts to discourage "inappropriate and offensive disguises" on Tuesday, the former Fox News presenter asked: "But what is racist? Because really, you get into trouble if you're a white person who turns black. on Halloween or a black person who gets a white face for Halloween, before, when I was a kid, it was fine as long as you were disguised as a character. "
Since then, he has apologized for his comments twice: first in an internal email to his colleagues and then in the air while containing the tears. She did not appear live in the air on Thursday or Friday, when NBC officially canceled Megyn Kelly today.
Even so, its future in the network in general is not clear. Kelly's lawyer told him Variety in a statement: "Megyn is still an employee of NBC News and discussions about the next steps continue."
"The NBC is in talks and negotiating with Megyn's lawyer at this time," confirms a source to PEOPLE.
"The conversations have started about their exit from the network," says a second source. "She is not staying with NBC News, it is not clear when there will be a definitive announcement."
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Kelly announced her decision to leave Fox and join NBC News in January 2017, debuting on her daytime talk show in September. But he made headlines for some awkward moments with the guests and his political conservatism. Also, his stubborn coverage of the #MeToo movement (and especially shot) Today the alleged sexual misconduct of Matt Lauer) allegedly stirred the feathers internally. The blackface panel apparently was the last straw.
"You can not overestimate the outrage felt in 30 Rock by the comments he made on live television," explains the second source. "It was not a punishment for his #MeToo coverage. You saw the reaction … people will tell you how offended people are, especially people of their own staff. "
Plus, From today The third hour fell 13 percent in Nielsen's ratings after Kelly took over.
"You have seen their qualifications," says the source. "There was a desire to make it work. They could have fired her based only on the qualifications, but they were supporting her and the program. It had some momentum in August and September, and they wanted it to work. But people were so upset with what she said. Who would come in your program? Who would you book? People said they would never come back. "
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However, a source close to Kelly denies that NBC has let her go and insists that the matter has not yet been resolved.
"She is in talks about her departure, they do not want her there and she does not want to be there," says the source. "She wanted to leave anyway, she has been unhappy on NBC, she is not happy about how this happened, but she wanted to leave."
However, she will not do it until she gets her money, a source close to the production says: "When it happened, we knew that she was not going to go in silence and she did not." She was not at all silent; There have been all kinds of meetings. It's what everyone talks about. "
"Megyn was not going to disappear," said the source. "She was not going to give up this time without fighting, and from what I understand, it's still happening."
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Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and Al Roker filled Kelly's schedule on Monday morning; the first live show from NBC confirmed on Friday that Megyn Kelly today had been canceled The production source says that compared to the rest of the Today Team, "Megyn was never really a great fit."
"She was too controversial and polarizing, and she never got angry at everyone, not many people who are going to mourn her departure," the source explains. "The feeling here is very familiar, and she did not seem to be a member of the family, she is a good journalist and probably a good person, but her style did not fit in here."
The representatives of Kelly and NBC declined to comment. Kelly's lawyer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.