Having joined Fox News 12 years ago, Megyn Kelly became a superstar for the network.
Having played a great role in news coverage of the election, she is now ready to move on to a new job.
She will be leaving Fox News to take on not one, but three roles at her new place of employment. She has accepted an offer from NBC News where 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.” according to MSN.
Her departure will mess up Fox News’s prime-time lineup cause the network to scramble to adjust just a few months after their founding chairman, Roger Ailes, was let go because of several women making allegations that he sexually harassed them.
People briefed on the talks, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity pending an announcement, declined to disclose what Ms. Kelly’s new annual salary would be at NBC. But even a modest raise would place her among television’s highest paid journalists. The Wall Street Journal recently reported she was to collect $15 million for the final year of her contract.
One person briefed on Ms. Kelly’s deliberations said that Mr. Lack, the NBC News chairman, won over Ms. Kelly by starting the talks with a question about what she was seeking, instead of flatly offering possibilities. He then came back with a deal that was tailored to her preferences. A daytime show would give her a schedule that would allow her to see her children off to school and to have dinner with them and her husband, Douglas Brunt, a novelist.