After 12 years, and more than one dust-up with Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News.
The New York Times is reporting that Kelly will leave the network “to take on a broad new role at NBC News.”
Fox News is losing Megyn Kelly. She will move to NBC, where she will have her own daytime and weekend shows. https://t.co/hGhS9pHsw9
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 3, 2017
More from The Times:
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.
Kelly was offered $20 million to stay with Fox News, and it’s unlikely that NBC is in a position to match that offer.
Her current contract with Fox News is not up until the summer and The Times said it’s unclear whether the network would refuse to release her from any commitments, possibly delaying her start at NBC.
The reaction on social media was a mixed bag, with many happy to see her leave Fox News and others sad to see her go.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Kevin Hower (@KevinHower2) January 3, 2017
@nytimes here comes the “she was a liberal the whole time because she didn’t agree with every single awful thing we did and say”
— Alex (@AlexJaMets) January 3, 2017
@nytimes Finally she admits she is a damn liberal
— Monty Ferbert (@Montyferbert) January 3, 2017
@nytimes She’ll have money coming out of her whatever.
— Dave Canter (@davidacanter) January 3, 2017
@nytimes who didn’t see this coming?
— Randy (@sunnyvaletp05) January 3, 2017
@nytimes … won’t be missed…! A turncoat lib…
— Charles (@Zompopo_Chuck) January 3, 2017
@nytimes Daytime???? So She’s going to compete against the view or Ellen?????
— Dave Johnson (@papadoc5656) January 3, 2017
@nytimes False alarm. Brian Williams is the source.
— Jim Jiblets (@jim_jiblets) January 3, 2017
— mike sweeney (@gamemaster12331) January 3, 2017
Megyn Kelly made it official with a statement on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon:
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