Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 12, 2019, 2:37 AM GMTBy Claire AtkinsonMegyn Kelly and NBC News have agreed to terms under which the high-profile TV host will leave the company with the remainder of her $69 million contract, according to a source familiar with the agreement.The news comes after months of negotiations over parts of Kelly\u2019s long-term contract following her removal in October from the 9 a.m. ET hour of NBC\u2019s \u201cToday.\u201d Her morning show, \u201cMegyn Kelly Today,\u201d was cancelled after the anchor made comments about wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume debate.\u201cThe parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,\u201d NBC said in a statement.Kelly apologized for the comments directly after the show aired and then on air the next day but was criticized by several NBC News personalities, including Al Roker, who were upset with her over the statements.Kelly\u2019s move to NBC News from Fox News in 2017 was closely followed within the media industry, in part because she became one of the most highly paid people in the news business with an estimated salary of $69 million over three years.Kelly will receive a payout of up to $30 million, according to a source familiar with the deal who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.Prior to the blackface controversy, Kelly\u2019s morning show had suffered from a ratings dip compared to the hour\u2019s previous hosts, Tamron Hall and Roker. The time period now features a rotating roster of \u201cToday,\u201d show anchors including Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Al Roker and others.The new hour, which is a more seamless continuation of the \u201cToday,\u201d show has see an 18 percent increase in viewers over Kelly\u2019s average audience to 2.9 million.Despite the ratings issues, Jason Damata, an analyst for TVREV, an independent media consultancy, said Kelly\u2019s show \u201cwas considered premium inventory\u201d for advertisers, which included Tide, Cheerios, WholeFoods, Walgreens and Neutrogena. The show generated $188.7 million in 2018, according to an estimate from TV measurement firm iSpot.tv.Kelly remains one of the most-recognized news personalities, according to Marketing Evaluations the Q Scores Company, which measures the public\u2019s recognition and sentiment of notable people. In October, the measurement firm found that 43 percent of those asked were able to recognize Kelly, below CNN\u2019s Anderson Cooper (62 percent) and close to \u201cNBC Nightly News\u201d anchor Lester Holt (46 percent).Kelly, however, ranks well below her peers in terms of public sentiment, with only 8 percent of those having a positive view of her compared to 19 percent for Holt and 16 percent for Cooper.It was not immediately clear if Kelly\u2019s deal to leave NBC prevented her from immediately joining another network or cable TV operation, though she told the celebrity news website TMZ on Thursday during an impromptu interview on a New York City street corner that she will \u201cdefinitely\u201d be back on TV.CORRECTION (Jan. 11, 2019, 10:35 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misspelled the first name of an NBC anchor. Her name is Sheinelle Jones, not Sheneille.Claire Atkinson is the senior media editor for NBC News.