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Megyn Kelly Rips NBC, Daily Mail ‘Paparazzi’ Amid Her Exit Feud: ‘This Is Not Right’

Embattled TV host blasts media outlets for stalking her and her family after network closed down her show

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Megyn Kelly’s lawyer escalated the ugly feud between the outgoing NBC News host and her network on Wednesday after accusing NBC officials of “allowing the media to run with completely false and irresponsible reports” about their exit negotiations.

“Despite my efforts to handle this process confidentially, NBC News is allowing the media to run with completely false and irresponsible reports that disparage Megyn by erroneously claiming she has ever asked for more money than her contract requires,” lawyer Bryan Freedman said in a statement.

“If NBC News is not the source, then they have a responsibility as a news division to correct these false claims. Or are they somehow attempting to use these fabrications for some fictitious advantage in the discussions we’re having?” Freedman added.

Freedman also targeted NBC News chairman Andy Lack and NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke. “If Andy Lack has lost control,” said Freedman, “my hope would be that Steve Burke can step in and not permit blatant lies about our discussions to remain uncorrected.”

An NBC News spokesman reacted to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Wednesday, saying, “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.”

NBC News canceled its “Megyn Kelly Today” show last week and entered into thorny exit negotiations with Kelly, whose contract wasn’t set to expire until 2020.

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The show, plagued by low ratings, was called off after Kelly received widespread criticism for her comments on October 23 about blackface and Halloween costumes.

“What is racist?” Kelly asked a panel. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”

The backlash was brutal and swift.

Although Kelly apologized both in a statement and on air the following day, it wasn’t enough to save her career at NBC.

Outlets such as CNN, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline reported over the last few days that Kelly’s team and NBC officials have been unable to reach an agreement over the monetary amount she’ll receive for ending her contract early, as well as the terms of a nondisclosure agreement.

Related: Megyn Kelly’s Five Most Controversial Moments at NBC

Kelly also took to Twitter on Wednesday to berate the “paparazzi,” as she called them, who have been stalking her home during this turbulent time.

“For a week paparazzi has been lurking outside my home day & nite. Finally today I took my kids to school. I went out alone 1st, offered them donuts & begged them to just take their pic of me & to leave my kids alone when they emerged. All were nice. Except the Daily Mail,” Kelly wrote.

“The Daily Mail 1st published photos of my husb IN OUR HOME & then *did* photog my kids, trailed us to my daughter’s school, & secretly videotaped my 7-yr-old child (her classmates too) & posted it. THIS IS NOT RIGHT,” Kelly added.

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