Cable news personality Megyn Kelly is not ready for retirement apparently. Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner reports: “Megyn Kelly and people close to her are putting out word that she’s ready to get back into the news business, six months after she was fired from NBC for low ratings and a really stupid controversy.”In January of this year, NBC and Kelly reached a separation agreement that essentially deposited a tidy $69-million severance into her bank account. Clearly, the news anchor does not need to find a position to pay her bills.
Kelly had been a shining star for Fox News for many years up until 2017. At that time, her Fox contract was expiring so she shopped around and was able to leverage a huge new deal with NBC.
Although she is a declared political independent, progressives clearly associated Kelly with Fox News and tagged her with a conservative perspective that she was not able to shake. Not a positive development when the paychecks come from a network firmly committed to leftist propaganda.
Criticism of her NBC work quickly grew and her viewership deflated.
The opportunity presented itself for the network to part ways with Kelly when she naively commented that children should be allowed to wear “blackface” or “whiteface” costumes for Halloween. She was immediately removed from the air.
It’s uncertain where the best fit on TV would be for Kelly today. Before leaving Fox, she found herself the object of scorn by supporters of Donald Trump for some comments she made about their candidate, and that Trump himself took issue with, firing back at her as he is known to do.
If there was actually such a thing as a middle-of-the-road, politically neutral news outlet, she might potentially draw more viewers there than critics. But no such network exists today.
It will be interesting to see what transpires for Megyn Kelly. Scarry calls Kelly “the biggest cable news star of the 2016 election.”
He said that a friend of Kelly told him that, after watching town halls with the Democrat candidates, they believe they see an opening for her. The friend said, “No other journalist has her skill set and knowledge to follow-up in interviews, to go layers deep and reveal important moments to the viewer. Most journalists now are delivering points of view with no substance.”
Kelly has a desire to return to interviewing and debating well-known politicians. She did show a talent for that at Fox.
Scarry said that “her confrontation with then-candidate Donald Trump during a 2015 Republican primary debate was one of the most memorable moments of the campaign. It was probably the moment that turned Trump into the frontrunner for the party’s nomination.”
Fox News seems not to be open to a reunion, though Scarry thinks they should give it consideration. He wrote:
A prime time producer at Fox told me, though, that it’s probably not in the cards for her — at least not there. “She’s viewed as damaged goods,” they said, adding that Fox executives like their current programming lineup.
I don’t know whether she can get back into the role she wants. But Fox would be smart to put her back on air, even if just as a legal analyst to start, given her background as a lawyer.
Fox should take her. If they won’t, someone else will.
she has lost the faith of former viewers. She will now always be second-rate.
— NICK CAUMANNS (@NickCaumanns) April 22, 2019
Written by a friend? Tell Megyn to call Joan Lunden for advice. She was once a star on GMA, 17 years, and now can be seen doing commercials for Senior Living, A Place for Mom. Megyn burned her bridges at Fox, with fellow employees and the viewers. Viewers want/expect real talent.
— Debbie Flanigan (@DebFlanigan) April 22, 2019