FOX anchor Megyn Kelly recently announced that she will be leaving her position at Fox News. She worked at FOX for 12 years.
Kelly will begin working at NBC where she will host a daytime program and Sunday evening news magazine show. She will also be a contributor to major political news coverage. She will not, however, be reporting for MSNBC.
Kelly broke the surprising news at the end of her show “The Kelly File” Tuesday night. “This was a tough decision for me,” she said. Ultimately, it came down to family. Her nightly show made it tough for her to spend evenings with her three kids and husband. She wanted to be able to spend more time with them in the evenings instead of being at work.
She later issued a statement saying “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.”
21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch wished Kelly good luck in his statement.
“We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contributions to FOX News. We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best,” he stated.
Kelly was reportedly offered a $100 million deal to stay at FOX. Despite this offer, Kelly was firm in her decision. NBC could not match the deal.
Critics say Kelly’s move is bold, as daytime television has been a struggle for news anchors in the past. Others are concerned about how FOX will replace one of their most successful hosts.
Her final show on FOX will air Friday.