Megyn Kelly Is Leaving Fox To Join NBC News
Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star host whose profile soared after a dispute with president-elect Donald Trump, confirmed reports on Tuesday that she is officially leaving the network to join NBC. The announcement ended months of speculations over her future with the network that made her a cable news star.
Kelly will take on a multifaceted role at NBC, where she will anchor Sunday-night news, host daytime news and take part in NBC’s various programs. Kelly’s new deal brings to an end the most awaited television news contract talks since CBS signed Katie Couric in 2006 for a reported wage of $15 million a year.
Megyn Kelly, 46, was with Fox News for more than 12 years, most recently as the host of Fox’s most watched program called The Kelly Files, but was offered a better deal by NBC News. The new role is reportedly appealing to her partly because, with the daytime show, she will have more time to spend with her family.
Kelly was Fox’s second-most-watched anchor, only behind Bill O’Reilly and media pundits say her departure will have broader implication for the network. The move will upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and add a new dose of turmoil, months after chairman Roger Ailes was ejected following sexual harassment allegations.
Kelly’s departure also marks another shake-up for Fox. The network faces the prospect of not having a female anchor in prime time. This is a troubling development as it strives to move past the scandals that involved its chairman, Roger Ailes.
Megyn Kelly has been pursued by rival networks after turning down a new deal with her current employers. Her value rose when Donald Trump publically criticized her for questioning him about his attitude towards women during the first presidential debate. Trump continued to criticize her on Twitter throughout the campaign period.
Fox News reportedly offered her more than $20 million to renew her contract. Her contract at Fox runs through the summer, but it is not when she will start her new role at NBC. Rival networks seeking to land Kelly had made it very clear that they couldn’t match that amount of cash from Fox.
People inside and outside NBC did not disclose what Kelly’s new salary would be at NBC. But even a modest increase would place her among the highest paid journalists. Media pundits applauded NBC for landing the cable news star, but social media trashed the network, pointing to her controversial conflation of Islam and terrorism.
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