Megyn Kelly Leaves Fox For NBC News
January 19, 2017
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Megyn Kelly left Fox News for NBC News. Kelly was more than just another anchor in FOX’s news lineup. In fact, she was the one keeping the network diverse. She was the only woman with a show during prime-time. The rest of the anchors on FOX are middle aged white men. Kelly spent 12 years at FOX, and is looking to start a new career at NBC.
Kelly’s contract at Fox was not due to expire for another six months. Money did not alter Kelly leaving FOX. Kelly stood to make an eight-figure salary at either FOX or NBC. As she talked about her thinking, it became clear that a top priority was a schedule that would allow her to spend more time with her three young children who are five, seven, and three. Trump’s sharp criticism of Kelly after the first presidential debate, when she asked him about his demeaning comments toward some women, brought her a torrent of online abuse. Her family was forced to use security guards. But, this did not play a role in her decision to leave Fox News.
Kelly will have a daytime as well as a Sunday evening show at NBC, as well as being a part of the major political and breaking news coverage. This is a big change from “The Kelly Files” which aired every weeknight at nine. NBCUniversal Chairman Andrew Lack said in a statement, “Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career.” Lack said. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
Fox News now faces the challenge of replacing Kelly. Fox must find a replacement for her show, as well as at such major events as debates and political conventions, where she has generally appeared alongside Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.