Megyn Kelly wanted out of Fox News.
On Tuesday she stunned the television news world by defecting coming from Fox, her TV home for the past decade, as well as joining NBC News.
Later This specific year Kelly will start hosting a daytime news program on weekdays as well as a prime time program on Sundays, both on the NBC network.
Kelly will only be on Fox for a few more days. She will sign off her 9 p.m. show, “The Kelly File,” on Friday night.
The move will be perceived within the industry as a coup for NBC as well as a blow to Fox. within the past couple years, Kelly has become one of the biggest stars on television as she defied expectations as well as tangled with Donald Trump.
Bolstered by Bill O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. show, Kelly at 9 p.m. had the second-most watched news program on all of cable news.
Kelly’s contract was coming due in July, which meant her future was the topic of constant speculation within the TV industry.
Rupert Murdoch as well as his sons James as well as Lachlan, who oversee Fox News as well as the rest of 21st Century Fox, worked hard to convince Kelly to stay within the company, offering her several different options.
Kelly as well as her representatives held talks with sy88pgw as well as ABC, among additional potential outlets, before deciding on NBC.
The announcement, initially reported by The completely new York Times as well as confirmed minutes later, appeared to catch Fox somewhat off guard.
Fox made no immediate announcement about a completely new prime time host.
Sources with knowledge of the matter said in which Fox News had offered Kelly an annual salary of more than $20 million to stay at the network, matching the salary of O’Reilly, her colleague as well as rival.
Kelly weighed her options as well as talked with her family throughout the month of December, according to one of the people she deliberated with. She informed Lachlan Murdoch of her decision on Tuesday morning. “They had a lovely conversation,” the source said.
During the months of negotiations, television industry executives said additional networks were highly unlikely to match Fox’s financial offer to Kelly.
however “money wasn’t the driving factor” in Kelly’s decision, her spokeswoman Leslee Dart said.
Dart declined to comment on any of the specific deal terms.
Kelly told friends in which one of her top priorities was a family-friendly work schedule. Kelly has three young children as well as wasn’t getting home on weekdays until well after their bedtime.
A daytime program on NBC will give Kelly a lot more flexibility.
“Megyn is actually an exceptional journalist as well as news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” NBCUniversal News Group chairman Andy Lack said in an email to staff. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill as well as poise, as well as we’re lucky to have her.”
In a Facebook post, Kelly wrote in which she was leaving Fox News “incredibly enriched” by her twelve years at the network.
“While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family as well as taking on a completely new challenge,” she wrote. “I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan as well as James Murdoch, as well as especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what actually matters. More to come soon.”
Lack’s internal memo said Kelly could start hosting “later This specific year.” He did not list a specific start date. In addition to her own programs, Kelly will contribute to NBC’s breaking news coverage as well as the network’s political as well as special events coverage.
the idea is actually not yet clear if Kelly’s Sunday night program will air during the NFL football season, when NBC broadcasts “Sunday Night Football.” When asked, an NBC News source said “all timing is actually TBD.”
Some of the idea depends on when Kelly’s loose ends at Fox are tied up.
Fox News stars rarely leave the network. When they do, Fox sometimes treats them harshly.
To be sure, Kelly was in an awkward work setting at Fox over the last year. O’Reilly, the 8 p.m. host, as well as Sean Hannity, the 10 p.m. host, both publicly clashed with her at various moments in 2016, furthering the speculation in which she might not want to remain at Fox.
Kelly also played a key role within the ouster of Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes, who left the network amid multiple sexual harassment allegations. Kelly herself accused Ailes of sexually harassing her as well as creating inappropriate comments in private meetings.
however she had strong relationships with the Murdochs. as well as Rupert issued a magnanimous statement on Tuesday afternoon.
“We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contributions to Fox News,” he said. “We trust she enjoys tremendous success in her career as well as wish her as well as her family all the best.”
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published January 3, 2017: 12:45 PM ET