Months after leaving Fox News, questions are still hovering around Megyn Kelly’s contract status.
Why hasn’t she appeared yet on NBC?
The answer is even worse than you thought.
Currently there is a dispute as to whether Kelly is still under contract with Fox.
Fox says it released her on March 9th, while Kelly’s representatives claim they are still negotiating the terms of her release.
Kelly announced in January she would be leaving Fox News for NBC, and Fox News immediately took her off the air despite her contract running until July.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“Is Megyn Kelly still under contract at Fox News?
Depends on whom you ask.
The cable news juggernaut said in a statement that it released Ms. Kelly from the network on March 9, almost four months before her contract expires on July 1, so she can start working at NBC News. She announced in January that she will be anchoring a daily morning show at NBC along with a Sunday evening program.
Ms. Kelly’s camp contests that. Leslee Dart, Ms. Kelly’s spokeswoman said, “the terms of the termination are still being negotiated.”
Ms. Kelly’s most recent deal at Fox News paid her an annual salary of $15 million, people familiar with the contract said. They said the deal also came with the usual perks for big-name talent such as car service and security.
Meanwhile, NBC is in limbo. While it has an agreement with Ms. Kelly that includes a salary in the same neighborhood as what she was making at Fox News, she still doesn’t have a start date at NBC News, a person close to the situation said.”
Kelly won applause from left-wing media outlets for her attack dog questions she hurled at Donald Trump during the GOP primary.
Trump accused her of being biased against him and even skipped a crucial debate that was held just days before the Iowa Caucus because she was a moderator.
Her decision to leave Fox News was cheered by conservatives.
But the status of her new programs at NBC is up in the air.
The Wall Street Journal also reports:
“One option under consideration for Ms. Kelly’s morning show is to do a 10 a.m. program that would be filmed in front of a live audience and wouldn’t be part of the “Today Show” franchise, according to people familiar with the matter. NBC declined to comment.
Although the show is due to debut in the fall, an executive producer has still not been named, NBC says.
Even less is known about the Sunday night show beyond that it will be a news magazine and could premiere as early as this summer. However, its run would be brief as NBC airs “Sunday Night Football” through the fall and will air next year’s Super Bowl.”
It’s clear Kelly hasn’t exactly had a clean exit from Fox.
She became a controversial figure at the network last year.
And that hasn’t changed at her new home.