Megyn Kelly will leave Fox to join NBC News, sources say


Kelly has become one of Fox News's two most popular, and highest paid, personalities- the other is Bill O'Reilly-since she landed at the right-wing outlet 12 years ago.

"So I will be leaving Fox News at the week's end and starting a new adventure, joining the journalists at NBC News who I deeply admire". What's more, the alleged deal struck by the news anchor and the broadcast channel involves a massive "triple role" that would practically give Kelly free reign at her new home.

Still, Kelly is expected to make roughly $15 million during the final year in her contract with Fox News, according to the Wall Street Journal. As a parent of young children with a weird schedule at times myself, I again can empathize with her situation. The elder Murdoch took over from Ailes as the head of Fox News on a temporary basis. A Fox News rep actually had to tell Trump's team (according to Kelly's book), "Let me put it to you in terms you can understand: 'If Megyn Kelly gets killed, it's not gonna help your candidate'".

For Kelly, the jump from a primetime perch at Fox to a multifaceted role at NBC carries a high degree of risk. She thanked the Murdoch family for their support, as well as her viewers, "who have taught me so much about what really matters". The Syracuse, New York, native told Variety in April 2016 that she would rather host a daytime show so that she could spend more time her with three kids, Edward, 7, Yardley, 5, and Thatcher, 3, whom she shares with husband Douglas Brunt.

Kelly has had her eyes on a new gig for quite some time.

Her start date with NBC was not announced.

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Robin Roberts, a host of ABC's Good Morning America, is now the highest-paid female news anchor, with a salary of $18 million a year (still less than Matt Lauer's $25 million for hosting Today and Bill O'Reilly's $18.5 million for The O'Reilly Factor).

So, the backlash against her today isn't exactly surprising, though still upsetting.

For Kelly, a daytime program is will prove to be a big risk since this time slot has proved to be a graveyard for big names in TV journalism. But not so much because Donald Trump is picking fights with her on Twitter or because she's seen by some of her co-workers as disloyal for speaking to internal investigators about Roger Ailes.

Nearly everyone in this business didn't see the last part of that sentence coming.

The question now remains, though: Will Kelly have the same sort of following at NBC that she had at Fox News?



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