Megyn Kelly’s television news contract negotiations were the most highly-publicized since Katie Couric signed with CBS News in 2006, and she has finally come to a decision regarding her future career in broadcast journalism.
The controversial Fox News anchor has opted to leave the network which made her a household name and go to work for NBC instead, NBC News announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The salary figure Kelly ultimately agreed on with NBC has not been disclosed, though it was widely reported that she was seeking upwards of $20 million from Fox to stay with the network, where she worked for twelve years. The anchor did say that she was willing to agree to a smaller amount from other stations which could offer her a work-life balance that was more conducive to raising her three small children.
Kelly released the following statement on her Facebook page Tuesday after her big announcement went public:
Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life. Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I’ve had. I have agreed to join NBC News, where I will be launching a new daytime show Monday through Friday, along with a Sunday evening news magazine program. I will also participate in NBC’s breaking news coverage and its political and special events coverage.
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.
Happy New Year, and God bless.
Megyn Kelly took quite a bit of heat during the election season of 2016 for her constant attacks on President-elect Donald Trump, and the brunt of the criticism came from Fox’s own viewers. As a result, ratings for The Kelly File dropped substantially, making way for anchor Sean Hannity to claim the fastest growing viewership at the network. Coincidentally, Hannity was keen on presenting unbiased reports and was largely viewed as a strong supporter of Donald Trump.