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.'
Megyn Kelly is making $23m a year for hosting her new NBC morning talk show, sources exclusively revealed to DailyMailTV. The former Fox News host is on a contract for three years - meaning she'll rake in a total of $69m
One high-ranking staffer exclusively told DailyMail.com: 'This is insane! How on earth can they justify paying her $69m for three years? It's obscene and a giant slap in the face to all of NBC's established stars'
Matt Lauer (left), who has been at NBC for 23 years, has an estimated salary of $25m, Jimmy Fallon (right), who is host of a popular late night show, earns around $15m
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.'
Although NBC has thrown its weight behind the new show, Kelly's ratings dipped in the second week, critics slammed the star for not connecting with her audience and she found herself in a string of uncomfortable celebrity guest encounters
Kelly announced on January 3 that she would be leaving Fox News after spending more than 10 years at the network and said she would be joining NBC News. Her morning show, Megyn Kelly Today premiered on September 25
That source added: 'By taking $23 million a year – she can argue that she took a pay cut and that is what her team has been leaking, even though they knew the money she was earning was like a Powerball win every year for three years.'
Some staffers believe the multi-million dollar deal is a low blow to NBC personalities who have been at the network for years, such as Matt Lauer and Jimmy Fallon.
A senior executive said: 'Megyn's salary should be nowhere near Matt's. He's been at NBC for 23 years now and has captained the ship through good times and bad times. He's worked very hard to deserve that salary.'
'Yet it's an even bigger insult for Jimmy, Savannah, Hoda, Al, Lester and Kathie Lee who have all been great team players and have held their own and grown their audience for many years. Each of them should have their agents call NBC and demand huge increases to their salaries.
'What's even more insulting is that each member of the NBC anchor team was made to heap praise on Megyn, while she is taking home more money than most of them.'
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