As if she hadn’t already set the bridge on fire with a lot of her viewers during the election year…
Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed salary, NBC announced Tuesday afternoon.
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.
The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms.
Ms. Kelly’s departure will upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.
The new deal brings to a close the most anticipated television news contract negotiations since Katie Couric signed with CBS News in 2006, for $15 million a year…
And we see how well that went for Couric. She did nothing for the dinosaur network and ended up on Yahoo! Global News as an anchor where nobody sees her.
News viewers, who are FOX fans and conservatives, had already taken a great umbrage with Kelly for her questioning of Donald Trump and his alleged sexism during the first GOP debate … For which Trump threw fuel on the fire by making unnecessary personal attacks on Megyn Kelly via Twitter and interviews. Those same FOX fans, and FOX News Channel viewers in general, loathe NBC, and more precisely it’s cable clown car offering MSNBC.
Megyn Kelly is trying to find her footing after the messy Trump exchanges (where some Trump loyalists blamed and torched her), the sexual harassment scandal at FNC involving the now gone Roger Ailes (which she made her own allegations against him amid the dust-up), and a bit of an unsteady prime-time ratings terra firma in a time-slot she had before firmly locked in her favor. Since the primary debate kerfuffle Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump have buried the hatchet, but the damage is done.
I guess I’m one of the few who hate to see her go, although I’ve eased way off of FNC prime-time since the election campaign cycle out of mental preservation. Megyn Kelly is very strong-willed, highly intelligent, and confident. I just think she became the female version of bill O’Reilly, if you will, and people tolerate O’Reilly but are not so tolerable when it is a woman.
As for her 9:00pm time slot, Tucker Carlson, who took the vacated Greta Van Sustren 7:00pm time slot from temp Brit Hume post-election, and is getting fantastic viewership and ratings could very well be bumped upward to 9:00pm. I guess we shall see.
Anyhow, my advice to Megyn Kelly would be to stay the Hell away from MSNBC, and stick strictly with NBC News.
An ending, and a new beginning… pic.twitter.com/clyKaDpQTW
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 3, 2017