Fans of Megyn Kelly will be changing channels in 2017, as the longtime Fox News host is taking a new position at a rival network.
After 12 years with Fox News, Kelly will be moving her daily news show to NBC, and will also be hosting the network’s Sunday evening news program.
Kelly, whose show had the second-highest ratings on the network after Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” will also take a leading role in her new network’s political coverage.
In a post, Kelly said many positive things about her former employer, stating she has been “incredibly enriched” by “the experiences I’ve had” there. She also says that she will be “launching a new daytime show Monday through Friday, along with a Sunday evening news magazine program.”
“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.”
No exact details were given about Kelly’s new contract, but years ago the network paid Katie Couric $15 million a year to host the news. So, it isn’t ridiculous to assume the amount for Kelly is at least comparable.
During the course of the 2016 presidential race, Kelly saw many in her own audience turn on her amidst controversy surrounding Donald Trump, and statements made during one of the presidential debates. Couple that with the allegations of sexual misconduct by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, and Kelly’s departure is hardly viewed as a shock.
Many people were quick to condemn the former Fox News host on her departure, claiming that she has “betrayed” her viewers, and that she has always been “a liberal whiner.” However, NBC News Chairman, Andrew Lack, thinks Kelly will be the perfect fit in their organization. The New York Times first reported on Kelly’s new deal:
“The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.”
Fox News had reportedly offered Kelly $20 million a year, and she turned it down. So, there’s no telling how much money NBC was willing to fork over for the second-highest rated host in cable news.