Megyn Kelly no longer has an easy excuse for getting out of jury duty

By Maria Pasquini
January 17, 2019 11:16 AM
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Nearly one week after finalizing her departure from NBC, Megyn Kelly is already joking about how her life is going to be affected by her change in employment status.

“About to begin jury duty this morning,” the former Today host, 48, tweeted on Thursday morning.

“Slightly concerned about the effectiveness of the ‘I’m far too busy’ excuse this time,” she added, making light of her current situation.

Kelly finalized her departure from NBC on Jan. 11, less than three months after the network confirmed reports that her 9 a.m. Today show hour was canceled amid immense backlash for her controversial remarks about blackface.

While discussing attempts at universities to discourage “inappropriate and offensive costumes” on Tuesday, the former Fox News host asked: “But what is racist? Because truly, you 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 as like a character.”

Kelly apologized for her comments twice — first in an internal email to colleagues and then on-air.

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Following news of Kelly’s finalized exit, an NBC spokesperson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC.”

“The contract will be paid out, about $25-$30 million dollars,” a source with knowledge of the situation told PEOPLE.

According to the insider, Kelly doesn’t have a non-compete agreement with NBC, but she had to sign a confidentiality agreement featuring the same language in her original employee contract.

“The deal wasn’t signed until the last minute,” the source added.

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As for who will be officially taking over the 9 a.m. time slot, an insider at NBC previously told PEOPLE that Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones will be filling the spot.

“Hope you don’t mind these faces! You’ll be seeing a lot of them at 9am. Please join us!” Dreyer captioned a smiling photo — shared Jan. 7 on Twitter — of the group, adding the hashtags: “#3rdhourtoday #youvegotafriendinus #letthegoodtimesroll.”

Although Kelly may currently be jobless, she’s ready to get back to work — and soon.

“She’s looking forward to her next chapter,” a friend of Kelly previously told PEOPLE. “She was an employee of NBC, so she wasn’t exploring other career opportunities yet. She was skiing with her family over the holidays and looked really happy.”

“She’s expected to be back in action soon,” added the friend. “She will work again.”