Megyn Kelly reportedly leaving FOX News for NBC News


Megyn Kelly is leaving FOX News for a new position at NBC News, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, Kelly will be leaving the cable news channel after 12 years once her contract expires later this year for a "triple role" at NBC. It is unclear how much Kelly will be paid for her new role.

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NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, was allegedly instrumental in wooing Kelly away from FOX News. Her aforementioned "triple role" will involve her hosting "her own daytime news and discussion program," anchoring "an in-depth Sunday night news show" and her taking part in NBC's "special political programming and other big-event coverage."

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The report comes after months of speculation as to whether or not Kelly would renew her contract with FOX News for a reported $20 million. There had been a rumored bidding war that involved ABC, NBC, CNN and FOX News, among other potential outlets, many of whom had been open about the fact that they wouldn't be able to match FOX News' massive offer.

Kelly's show, "The Kelly File," was the second most-watched cable news program last year, behind the channel's other ratings juggernaut, Bill O'Reilly.

Her departure will surely produce yet another major blow for FOX News, which had a troublesome year behind-the-scenes in 2016. Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes stepped down from his post in the fall following numerous allegations of sexual assault by several on-air personalities like Gretchen Carlson and Kelly herself.

UPDATE (1/3): NBC News confirmed the reports with a press release on Tuesday afternoon, in which it the network stated that "Kelly will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues."

Lack spoke directly about Kelly with a statement of his own: "Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career. She's demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we're lucky to have her."

UPDATE (1/4): Rupert Murdoch, the Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox, released a statement about Megyn Kelly's departure: "We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contributions to FOX News," he said. "We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best."

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