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Just a few short days ago we learned that Megyn Kelly would be leaving Fox News for NBC News. At the time, the announcement was not a huge shock, as reports had indicated Kelly was making up her mind about whether or not she wanted to stick with the major news outlet. However, those reports had also stated that Megyn Kelly was fighting to get more money at Fox News. As it turns out, that wasn't the case at all. New reports indicate that Fox News offered Kelly $100 million to stay, and she decided to turn the network down, anyway.
Any way you put it, $100 million is a lot of money, even when that money is spread across four years, as this deal reportedly would have been. It seems pretty legitimate, too, as outlets are noting Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Co-Chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, was the person who offered Kelly the deal. It's also a heck of a lot more money than the $20 million we thought Megyn Kelly was putting her foot down for at Fox News. Per Mediaite, NBC News actually offered Kelly less money than Fox News did, so why did she ultimately choose to switch networks?
Megyn Kelly has stated that she wants to spend more time with her family and children as the primary reason she decided to leave Fox News, but there could be a few other things coming into play, as well. It definitely is safe to say that Fox News is in a state of flux right now. Roger Ailes exited his position at the big cable news network a few months ago, following a slew of allegations that he had sexually harassed some female employees in the company. Reports alleged that Megyn Kelly had been caught in the crossfire, and she later did a guest stint on ABC and explained why she felt conflicted about coming forward when the harassment initially happened.
Another reason Megyn Kelly may have been excited about moving to NBC News is that she will get to try a whole bunch of new types of projects. One big thing that NBC will be changing will be giving Kelly a daytime TV spot, as Kelly herself noted in a post to her fans. Plus, rumors have even indicated she could take over an entire hour of Today.
Whatever the reason, Megyn Kelly is moving on and she is moving on soon. Her last day on air on Fox News will actually be Friday, January 6. We'll let you know as soon as her new gig kicks off on NBC. To find out what is definitely heading to TV right now, please take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule.