Anchor Megyn Kelly is officially leaving Fox News. Kelly will be taking a new position at a rival network. Kelly will take a position at NBC News, who will make an announcement today. Her new role will include daytime news, a slot on a discussion show, and an anchor position on the Sunday night news. She’s also expected to play a large role in special coverage of politics and other special events.
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Kelly, a 12-year veteran of Fox News, had the second highest rated show on cable news. Her show “The Kelly File” came in a close second to the more popular “O’Reilly Factor.”
“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career” NBC wrote in a statement. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
Kelly’s move isn’t a surprise for many. She was alternately supportive and confrontational with Donald Trump during his candidacy. Her defense of Trump angered critics who felt like her position didn’t ammount to fair and balanced journalism. Her opposition of Trump angered viewers of Fox who wanted the outlet to provide unwavering support of their candidate.
Kelly issued this statement on Facebook:
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.