Almost one year ago, as Today interns were packing up Matt Lauer’s things into a box while security deactivated his ID card, the NBC executed were trying to figure out how many zeros would go on his going-away check. Matt still had a year and a half on his $20 million a year contract, and he wanted all of it. He reportedly didn’t get anything. Megyn Kelly too has gotten the ol’ heave-ho from Today, and according to Deadline, NBC doesn’t want to pay up.
Megyn Kelly was halfway through her $69 million three-year contract with NBC News. Megyn reportedly wants every penny that is left on her contract and is refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. But sources say that NBC News chairman Andy Lack has made it clear during exit talks with Megyn’s lawyer that he’s extremely resistant to the idea of paying her off. According to one source, Megyn’s blackface argument might have cost her.
“A lot has changed in the last year and this isn’t looking like a ‘Here’s your check, let’s call it a day’ resolution now.”
Another source says Megyn’s comments crossed a line, and NBC doesn’t want to financially reward such “unacceptable behavior.”
The sources go on to say that Andy Lack is feeling the pressure to handle the Megyn situation in a way that won’t require further damage control. He took some heat for how he handled Bryan Williams’ exit (aka a soft slap on the wrist and some unpaid vacation). There’s also the recent mess about NBC News allegedly trying to kill Ronan Farrow’s piece on Harvey Weinstein. Andy allegedly had big hopes for Megyn when she joined the NBC News family, and now Andy feels personally “betrayed.”
Deadline’s sources say that it’s not known how this will pan out, and it really depends on how hard Megyn’s lawyers fight against NBC’s lawyers for that check. I guess we’ll have a bit of a clue come tomorrow, when the Today show cast continues their annual tradition of dressing up for Halloween. If the costumes look budget, then that might be a sign NBC is hoarding some coins for Megyn’s payout. Then again, that’s not exactly a measure of anything, since the costumes usually look pretty cheap.