NBC News, Kelly fi­nally sep­a­rate

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NBC News has reached its pro­fes­sional divorce agree­ment with an­chor Megyn Kelly.

The net­work an­nounced the deal Fri­day night af­ter more than two months of ne­go­ti­a­tions, giv­ing no de­tails. The for­mer Fox News Chan­nel trans­plant has been off the air since late Oc­to­ber af­ter sug­gest­ing that it was OK for white peo­ple to wear black­face on Hal­loween. “The par­ties have re­solved their dif­fer­ences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an em­ployee of NBC,” the net­work said. Kelly was in the sec­ond year of a three-year con­tract that re­port­edly paid her more than $20mil­lion a year.

Illi­nois re­fuses per­mit for R. Kelly con­cert

Illi­nois of­fi­cials say a con­cert in Spring­field that was to be hosted by R. Kelly can­not take place in the wake of new sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against the R&B star.

Illi­nois De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture spokes­woman Denise Al­bert told the Chicago Tri­bune that the ap­pli­ca­tion for the Spring Break Jam in April was de­nied Thurs­day be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns fol­low­ing protests out­side Kelly’s Chicago stu­dio last week. Kelly has been un­der fire since the re­cent air­ing of a Life­time doc­u­men­tary “Sur­viv­ing R. Kelly.” He has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct in­volv­ing women and un­der­age girls. A tip that Kelly was hold­ing two women against their will prompted Chicago po­lice to visit his res­i­dence Fri­day in Chicago’s Trump Tower. Of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed Kelly and the women but found no ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing.

Song­writ­ers Hall of Famers sets ’19 list

Missy El­liott is mak­ing his­tory as the first fe­male rap­per in­ducted into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, whose 2019class also in­cludes leg­endary British singer and in­flu­en­tial pop song­writer Cat Stevens and coun­try­folk icon John Prine.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced the new group of in­ductees Satur­day. Other in­ductees are Tom T. Hall, whom Johnny Cash called his “all-time fa­vorite song­writer”; Jack Tem­pchin, who co-wrote songs for the Ea­gles and Glenn Frey’s solo al­bums; and Dal­las Austin, the song­writer be­hind ra­dio hits for TLC, Mon­ica, Pink, Boyz II Men, Madonna and more. El­liott is just the third rap­per to en­ter the hall.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Megyn Kelly and NBC News are pro­fes­sion­ally di­vorced af­ter two months of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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