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    Megyn Kelly Reportedly Seeking $50 Million Buyout From NBC Amid Blackface Row

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    The development comes just a day after Variety reported that Megyn Kelly and NBC News have been engaged in conversations about a new role for the morning show host following a controversial blackface remark.

    Megyn Kelly has been fired from her morning program on NBC and is seeking a $50 million settlement from the network, TMZ reported, citing sources familiar with the negotiations.

    READ MORE: NBC’s Megyn Kelly Apologizes for Defending Blackface, Still Flayed by Twitter

    According to the media outlet, NBC was paying the “Today” host $25 million a year, and her deal was 3 years firm, and she still had about a year and 10 months left in the contract.

    Bryan Freedman, a lawyer for Kelly, is said to be preparing to reach the network to demand it pay the full remainder of her salary, or face a lawsuit.

    As for the alleged shutdown of her morning show over Kelly's blackface comment earlier this week, he’s also reportedly going to argue that she was treated with “gross unfairness.”

    Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter cited a source as saying that the CAA talent agency was no longer representing Kelly. Even though the agency refused to disclose the reason for Kelly's departure, the insider said that she left because CAA was also representing NBC President Noah Oppenheim.

    Social media users have been closely watching the controversy around Kelly's reported departure.

    Some suggested that the alleged amount of money was too much:

    Others said that she seemed to want to get fired and receive such a huge settlement:

    TMZ's report comes just days after Kelly wondered why wearing blackface had become racist during a discussion of Halloween costumes on her show.

    "But what is racist? You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay, as long as you were dressing up like a character,” she said.

    On the same day, she showed a drastic change of heart following widespread outrage from viewers and apologized for her remark, claiming that she had realizied it was indeed offensive.

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    Megyn Kelly's Show to Reportedly End After Backlash Over Blackface Remark
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