Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly announces her departure from the network that made him an ace news anchor.
Kelly confirms that she will be joining the NBC family and will anchor a new daytime program, which will air on weekdays. She adds that she will also host a Sunday evening news magazine and will participate in NBC’s coverage of politics and other major news events.
Megyn Kelly has been with Fox News for 12 years. She began her career in the network as host of Fox’s night news/discussion show, The Kelly File. The show becomes the second-most watched news program on all of cable news.
In a post on her social media posts, Kelly revealed her future projects. She also thanked Fox News Channel viewers and said working with the network had changed her life.
An ending, and a new beginning… pic.twitter.com/clyKaDpQTW
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 3, 2017
According to CNN, Kelly’s contract with Fox is not up until July, but her last day at Fox will be on Jan. 6.
What Made Megyn Kelly Decide to Leave Fox News?
The New York Times reports that Fox had offered Kelly an annual salary of more than $20 million to stay, matching the salary of Fox News’ top-rated anchor Bill O’Reilly.
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack, on the other hand, simply asked Kelly what she wants and offered her a deal according to her preferences. Included in the deal is a daytime show that would give her a schedule that would allow her to see her children off to school and have more time with her family.
Kelly previously hinted in her newly released memoir, Settle for More, that the highest bid would not decide her future in the industry. The news anchor stressed that she is seeking a role on television that would give her more time with her family.
Apparently, Megyn Kelly weighed all her options and discussed it with her family throughout December. She then informed Fox honcho Lachlan Murdoch of her decision on Tuesday morning. The details of the deal she will receive with NBC have remained under wrap.
Megyn Kelly’s relationship with fellow Fox News’ stars
Last year, Kelly grabbed the headlines after clashing with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a debate. She also accused her former mentor, ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes, of sexually harassing her. Fox conducted an investigation and Ailes eventually got ousted.
Her decision to share her story drew resentment from some of her rival stars in the network. Most notable among them was O’Reilly, who questioned Kelly’s loyalty to Fox.
Megyn Kelly has been in a complex work setting at Fox over the last year. Both O’Reilly and 10 p.m. host Sean Hannity publicly clashed with her on several occasions last year.