UPDATE: Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, released a statement about Megyn Kelly’s departure from Fox News. “We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contributions to FOX News,” the statement read. "We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best.” The network also announced that Kelly will be hosting The Kelly File through Friday, January 6.
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Moving on. Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News after 12 years for a new role at NBC News, the chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, Andrew Lack, announced Tuesday, January 3.
Lack offered her the opportunity to host her own daytime news program, anchor a Sunday night news show and take part in the network’s coverage of breaking news, politics and other major events. More details about both of Kelly's programs will be revealed in coming months.
“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” Lack said in a statement. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
The amount of the multiyear NBC contract has not yet been disclosed, but Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, previously offered Kelly more than $20 million per year to extend her contract and stay. Kelly’s contract with Fox News officially ends in June 2017.
Kelly, 46, has become the second-most-watched cable news host after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. She has also helped spearhead political coverage, particularly after President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly slammed her throughout the election and boycotted the Republican primary debate that Kelly co-moderated last year.
Kelly has been considering a move for quite some time. Back in April 2016, she revealed that she would like to anchor a daytime show once her Fox contract expires in order to spend more time with her children, Edward, 7, Yardley, 5, and Thatcher, 3, whom she shares with husband Douglas Brunt. “I really like my show, and I love my team. But you know, there’s a lot of brain damage that comes from the job. There was probably less brain damage when I worked in the afternoon. I was less well known. I had far less conflict in my life," she told Variety. "I also have three kids who are soon going to be in school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I come to work at 3:30. I like to see my children.”
The journalist has also had a tumultuous few months with Fox News after she alleged in her memoir, Settle for More, that the network’s founder and former CEO Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her.
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