As Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin and Al Roker — three of NBC’s prominent anchors of color — opened the 9 a.m. hour of Today on Monday, negotiations between Megyn Kelly’s lawyer and the network kept going.
Sources say the talks naturally slowed somewhat over the weekend, but ramped up again on Monday. Among the issues the sides are haggling over: money and a non-disclosure and non-disparagement clause. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Kelly is resisting an NDA.
Such clauses are standard in exit agreements, even those that are not fraught. But NDAs have also come under new scrutiny in the #MeToo era. And many media companies — including Fox News, Kelly’s old employer — have waived NDAs in an effort to get victims of sexual harassment and misconduct to come forward.
Kelly’s contract, meanwhile, is worth a reported $69 million and her lawyer, Hollywood litigator Bryan Freedman, is fighting to get all of it, sources close to the situation tell THR. Kelly has over a year left on a three-year deal.
SOURCE: Marisa Guthrie
The Hollywood Reporter