NBC Paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 to Do Nothing, Basically

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Chelsea Clinton speaks at "A Night Out With The Millennium Network," at the Old Vic Tunnels, presented by The Clinton Foundations and The Reuben Foundation. The evening, hosted by Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will i Am took place on the 22nd May 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for Clinton Foundation Fundraiser)
Photo: Samir Hussein/2012 Getty Images

Former first child (now with child) Chelsea Clinton had a $600,000 annual contract at NBC News, Politico reports, where she served as a "special correspondent" and was deemed to be mostly useless, if not "one of the most boring people of her era." That deal is over now, but Clinton is still being paid by the network (which has also hired Luke Russert, Meghan McCain, and Jenna Bush ... ) on a month-to-month basis, with complicating factors including her pregnancy and the good odds her mother is running for president.

"NBC News continues to enjoy a wonderful working relationship with Chelsea, and we are proud of her work," said a spokesperson.

That work included little of note, either journalistically or personally, despite Brian Williams admitting during Clinton's first appearance, "In the months to come, we want to hear about you and your life." (He added, as an afterthought, "We want to hear about the lives of the people you're going to highlight.")

But one time she interviewed the cartoon Geico gecko: