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Megyn Kelly has revealed that she is inaugurating a “no BS” podcast produced by her new media company containing agenda-free content that will liberate her from “corporate overlords” and without the limitations of “safe spaces.”
The former NBC News and Fox News anchor told her 2.4 million Twitter followers today that the podcast will “be free & available pretty much everywhere. No B.S. No agenda. No corporate overlords. Should be fun!” Subject matter will include news, current events, and legal and cultural issues.
Her new independent media enterprise, Devil May Care Media, will produce The Megyn Kelly Show as its cornerstone, along with other forms of content. Kelly parted ways with NBC in January 2019, reportedly leaving with a $69 million contract payoff so establishing her own platform seems like a logical and viable next act.
The podcast anchored by the ex-host of FNC’s The Kelly File and NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today “will feature interviews with newsmakers, thought leaders and compelling voices from the heartland and beyond” with an in-depth, uncensored approach. Devil May Care Media is partnering with Red Seat Ventures in managing the podcast.
“The point is to give the audience authentic content that goes places where traditional media can’t or — more often — won’t. It’s a great challenge that will reconnect me with my audience and I’m excited to get started,” Kelly explained.
The first episode drops on or about September 28.
Some news: I am launching a podcast this month. It’ll be free & available pretty much everywhere. No B.S. No agenda. No corporate overlords. Should be fun! https://t.co/Fyltr6lpc9
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 10, 2020
Kelly told The Hill that “So many in the media are terrified to talk about difficult issues in a way that does not conform with what the perpetually outraged scolds want to hear or what their corporate brass demand, but don’t expect that from me.
“There will be no safe spaces here. There will be spaces that challenge you, make you think, help you understand, stimulate your intellect and help build resiliency. The vast majority of Americans are tougher than people think – they can handle sharp, compelling discussions about tough issues. Those are my people, and I miss them.”
Kelly’s podcast will be executive produced by Steve Krakauer, the former CNN producer who writes the Fourth Watch online newsletter and is also a frequent guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight as a media commentator.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of a subscriber base. Former corporate lawyer Megyn Kelly never caught on with the mostly liberal NBC audience or her network colleagues, and she pretty much burned her bridges with the Fox News viewership.
Early last year, NBC corporate overlords ended Kelly’s run as the 9 a.m. Eastern time host of the Today franchise after she created a firestorm for saying on the air that she didn’t understand why it’s considered racist to dress in blackface for Halloween. The controversy may have been a pretext, however.
Low ratings, her coverage of the #MeToo movement that hit too close to NBS’s 30 Rock home, limited celebrity bookings, and her support of due process for then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh may also have played a role in the decision by NBC execs.
Outkick media news reporter Bobby Burack assessed this latest development in Megyn Kelly’s career:
“Megyn Kelly now transitions to digital media, an industry already oversaturated with content. There are more podcasts than listeners looking for new shows. Yet, as 2020 has proven, it is an industry starving for superstars. At the top, it is led by Joe Rogan, who cashed in for $100 million.
“Despite an absence from the scene, Kelly still has star potential. The unpredictable host makes news both alone and in interviews. Kelly’s voice, reach, style and worldview fit the marketplace’s lucrative opening. Sustainable podcast success takes time as it is reliant on accumulating subscribers.”
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