NEW YORK, January 4, 2017 — Fox News’ leading female anchor is leaving Fox News for NBC and will be signing off on Friday. Megyn Kelly started at Fox News, 12 years ago, and today has become one of the leading female stars on the conservative news network.
Megyn Kelly will now have three roles on NBC. She will host a one-hour daytime program, an in-depth Sunday night news show and will take part in NBC’s special political programming. Kelly’s departure created a seismic rift in cable news. Megyn Kelly was the second-most watched anchor, right underneath fellow news rival Bill O’Reilly at Fox News.
Kelly took center stage during the 2016 presidential election, starting a heated fight with President-elect Donald Trump and criticizing former Fox News head Roger Ailes for his personal behavior. Her new salary with NBC has remained underwraps but she previously was paid $15 million a year by Fox News. Kelly made her announcement via a Facebook post on Tuesday. Fox News who is owned by 21st Century Fox offered Kelly $20 million to stay after her contract expires.
“While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge.”
The daytime program will be scheduled Monday through Friday but the time slot has not been determined. NBC News will now have figure out how to fit Kelly’s show into a time when most NBC affiliates run syndicated programing. Kelly’s show would be a mix of panel discussions, interviews and a mix of news.
Kelly’s Sunday show would allow her to keep her foot in hard news. Kelly accepted the position at NBC News because it would allow her to spend more time with her three young children and not having to deal with the onslaught of political combat.
Megyn Kelly’s departure from Fox News made her one of the most sought after female journalists since Katie Couric left the Today Show. It’s unclear who will take her timeslot on Fox News as well as if this loss will hurt Fox News’ ratings.