If NBC thought they had purchased a pretty, compliant face when they hired Megyn Kelly, they may discover, too late, that they were mistaken.

Kelly, who came to dominate Fox News' prime-time block with searing wit and a rapid legal mind, has found herself in hot water in her $69 million, three-year contract with NBC News. NBC's most vocal talking head and executives would have you believe Kelly's troubles are due to a racially insensitive but not intentional gaffe earlier this week. Don't believe them.

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In a discussion earlier this week about the political correctness of Halloween costumes, Kelly obliviously questioned why using dark shaded makeup to resemble a black celebrity in a complementary manner is offensive. Correctly, critics noted that the practice of blackface has an ugly and storied history of targeting and subjugating black Americans, and Kelly promptly issued two thoughtful apologies.

After committing an ignorant but not malicious gaffe in a year rife with much more offensive behavior by hundreds of TV personalities, Kelly reportedly will be fired from her morning show by NBC and dropped as a client by the Creative Artists Agency. Some reporters will have you believe that it's because NBC anchors found this remark, in tandem with Kelly's comparatively low ratings and extremely high salary, to be the straw that broke the camel's back. Instead, the public needs to look closer at the one story, and perhaps the only story, that the majority of broadcast news will not tell you.

Kelly came to NBC in the wake of her relentless targeting by supporters of President Trump and after fighting the sexual harassment of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes. Unlike many of NBC's other residential stars, Kelly came from cable news, and a politically charged channel at that.

But Kelly's NBC coverage didn't fit within a Fox News mold. Instead, as stories from the #MeToo movement broke, Kelly took Hollywood's most powerful abusers to task, platforming some of the very first Harvey Weinstein victims that came forward, like Lauren Sivan, Mimi Haleyi, and Dominique Huett. Amid the stunning realization that NBC News had attempted to silence the groundbreaking stories of former employee Ronan Farrow, who later published his #MeToo reporting in the New Yorker, Kelly publicly and persistently called for an independent investigation of NBC's methods and motives.

But most damningly, Kelly has made it clear that she will not welcome back abusers. When asked about Matt Lauer, NBC's lovely, $20 million anchor who had a door lock on his desk to more easily prey on female subordinates, Kelly minced as few words as she could without condemning her employers for their complicity in Lauer's persistent harassment.

"I know too much that others don't know," Kelly said when asked about the allegation. Kelly interviewed his accusers on her morning show, sending a public warning shot not just to Lauer, but to his many remaining NBC loyalists, that a remorseful comeback would not be tolerated.

Hollywood gossip giants have known of the tension between Kelly and NBC News chairman Andy Lack due to her reporting for half a year. But beware of the all-too convenient narrative that Kelly's demise would come from a since-rectified gaffe. NBC knew they bought an anchor used to Fox News prime time rather than the ease of morning shows. But Kelly also fought a president and a prime-time guru. No doubt Andy Lack underestimated her potential to doggedly cover her own company's malpractice.