The divorce is final and Megyn Kelly is keeping the cash.
After more than two months of negotiations, NBC News and the 48-year-old journalist have officially split — and Kelly will be paid the remainder of her $69 million contract.
The final payout will be “up to $30 million,” NBC News reported on its web site late Friday.
“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” the network said in a statement.
Kelly, who became famous as a Fox News host, inked the three-year, $69 million deal in 2017. But her much-heralded NBC talk show “Megyn Kelly Today” faced backlash from the time of its debut.
Critics panned her off-putting personality and lackluster celebrity interviews that steered awry. And reports said the show’s ratings were lower than those of her predecessors in the time slot, Tamron Hall and Al Roker.
The show’s death blow came Oct. 23, 2018, when during a panel discussion about Halloween costumes Kelly said blackface was sometimes appropriate.
“When I was a kid, (blackface) was OK as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” Kelly said. She added that reality TV star Luann de Lesseps “wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
Those comments, in which Kelly seemed to defend blackface, were highly criticized by both viewers and her peers.
At the start of her show the following day, she offered a cringe-worthy public apology in which she appeared to be in agony delivering the words.
Two days later, “Megyn Kelly Today” was canceled.
One participant involved in the NBC negotiations with Kelly, who is not being identified, compared the talks to a divorce proceeding dragging on long after the split of the parties.