NBC executives not involved in her hiring are furious over Megyn Kelly’s ‘obscene’ $23 million salary for her tanking morning show and think it’s a slap in the face to other established stars at the network, DailyMailTV has exclusively revealed.
Although it was rumored the former Fox News anchor was only being paid $17 million for her new role at NBC, Kelly will actually line her pockets with a total of $69 million over the course of three years for swapping politics for talk show antics.
Her hefty salary has drawn the scorn of senior NBC and Comcast executives who believe the 46-year-old shouldn’t be raking in more than the network’s veteran stars.
Although NBC has thrown its weight behind the new show, Kelly’s ratings tanked on Wednesday, critics have slammed the star for not connecting with her audience and she has found herself in a string of uncomfortable celebrity guest encounters.
One high-ranking staffer exclusively told DailyMailTV: ‘This is insane! How on earth can they justify paying her $69 million for three years? It’s obscene and a giant slap in the face to all of NBC’s established stars.’
The source continued: ‘The network that created Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer will now forever be remembered for the $69 million hire of Megyn Kelly.’
‘When you add the cost of developing the show, hiring staff and promoting Megyn all the time, this adds up to a $100 million mistake.’
Kelly announced last January that she would be leaving Fox News after spending more than 10 years at the network and joining NBC News.
In June she began hosting Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, a Sunday night news magazine program, and in late September she launched Megyn Kelly Today.
Although it was rumored that the mother-of-three was making around $17m for her new show, DailyMail.com has exclusively learned her actual salary is much higher and her contract is for three years.
A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment, saying the network doesn’t comment on salaries.
Another source added: ‘What’s most annoying is that Megyn’s team and NBC proactively leaked that her salary sat in the range of $12 – $17 million when they knew this wasn’t the case.
‘Think about it – Fox News offered her $25 million a year for four years. There’s no way anyone would walk away from that type of money.’
(Excerpt) Read More in: Daily Mail