“Unlike Mr. Freedman, who has repeatedly commented to the media throughout the negotiations, we respect the confidentiality of the process, and will have no comment until it reaches its conclusion,” an NBC News spokesperson said.
NBCUniversal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lack has been clinging to his gig atop NBC News amid numerous scandals and embarrassments, including refusing to run Ronan Farrow’s award-winning report on Harvey Weinstein and allowing the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women to leak from within his department. Lack also remained stone silent when Joy Reid claimed hateful rhetoric on her pre-fame blog was planting by hackers – a claim that quickly fell apart. Lack came under fire just last week for sitting on information that would have cast serious doubt on wild claims about now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“If NBC News is not the source then they have a responsibility as a news division to correct these false claims.”
This is all in addition to refusing to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about former NBC News star Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct. Instead, Lack allowed NBC executives to proclaim that management was oblivious to Lauer’s behavior. Kelly had enraged NBC executives by calling for an outside investigation on her now-canceled morning show “Megyn Kelly Today.”
As the talks between Kelly’s team and NBC drag on, a source close to the situation told Fox News that a non-disclosure agreement is among the hold ups.
“Megyn won’t sign an NDA if NBC News keeps spreading lies about her,” a friend of Kelly told Fox News.
NBC News canceled “Megyn Kelly Today” last week after the show’s namesake made comments about whether or not “blackface” is racist. Many industry insiders feel Lack is using the “blackface” comments to terminate Kelly, who wore out her welcome with disappointing ratings and her emphasis on combatting sexual misconduct.
It’s unclear why NBC News wants Kelly to sign an NDA, but she has implied that she knows about some of the skeletons in NBC’s closet.
“I know too much that others don’t know,” Kelly said in an interview with Us Weekly when asked if Lauer could make a comeback.
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