In her twelve years at FOX News, Megyn Kelly has risen to the top of network becoming the “face of FOX News.” Her popularity soared, until she asked Donald Trump a question about how he has treated women in the past at the first GOP presidential primary debate in August 2015.
After that time, Kelly became targeted by pro-Trump supporters and was the victim of cyber-bullying by both Trump himself and his supporters. Her experience,and the overwhelming pro-Trump bias of FOX itself led many to speculate whether she would remain with the network after her contract ends. Well, wonder no more.
Megyn Kelly is leaving FOX News for NBC.
The New York Times reports that NBC News chairman Andrew Lack won the heated battle to land Kelly by ‘offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.’
21st Century FOX, the parent company of FOX News, and it’s owner Rupert Murdoch were reportedly attempting to woo Kelly to stay with the network. Reports are she was offered $20 million. Other networks who sought Megyn Kelly, including NBC, had indicated that they would not be able to match the $20 million off from FOX. NBC has yet to disclose the amount they will be paying Kelly but will do so soon.
Kelly’s contract with FOX News is not officially over until the summer but the network could opt to release her early or simply not allow her back on her show as they did when Greta Van Susteren announced that she was taking advantage of an opt-out clause in her contract and leaving.
NBCUniversal News Group chair Andy Lack sent an email to staff about signing Megyn Kelly.
“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career. She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
On her Facebook page, Megyn Kelly shared with fans some thoughts on her decision to leave FOX News after 12 years.
“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. I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, and especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters. More to come soon.”
In his internal memo, Lack stated that Kelly’s duties on NBC will begin “later this year.”
This story has been updated.