Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News for NBC

Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News for NBC

Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for a role at NBC, after twelve years with the network.

Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for a role at NBC, after twelve years with the network.

Kelly originally appeared as a legal analyst with the cable news network before moving to daytime as a news anchor. From there, she became a central part of the Fox primetime schedule. NBC wooed the blonde beauty with a deal she couldn’t refuse, as a triple threat within the network. Not since Katie Couric signed with CBS for $15 million in 2006 has a television news contract negotiation received such anticipation.

She “will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues. The show will air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in the coming months,” NBC announced.

“Kelly will also anchor a new Sunday evening news magazine show and will become an important contributor to NBC’s breaking news coverage as well as the network’s political and special events coverage,” NBC continued.

The news anchor had a very public spat with then presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015. She became Trump’s target after confronting him for his alleged sexist remarks towards women.

The timing for Fox News couldn’t be worse.  CEO Roger Ailes resigned after accusations of serial sexual harassment by several women, including Kelly.

Kelly became the second-most watched host on the network, after Bill O’Reilly. The New York Times reported that 21st Century Fox, parent company of Fox News, offered Kelly over $20 million a year to stay when her contract expires this summer.

Rival networks hoping to steal Kelly made it clear they couldn’t match the salary offered by the cable news leader. Fox has held top seat in cable news for the last 15 years.

In a Facebook statement, she thanked Fox heads and “FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters.”

While she admits Fox News changed her life, Kelly said “it was time for a new challenge.”

NBC offered Kelly a multi-year agreement with an undisclosed salary.


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