Megyn Kelly Issues Statement on Fox News Departure: What Did She Say?

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Megyn Kelly is no longer the female face of Fox News.

In a move that caught many viewers by surprise, the long-time reporter decided on Tuesday to sign a contract with NBC.

She will debut on that network later this year, anchoring her very own program Monday through Friday; hosting a Sunday evening series; and also contributing in general to NBC political coverage and any kind of breaking news.

Reports indicate that an offer of $20 million per year from Fox News was not enough to entice Kelly to stay.

Megyn Kelly on The Tonight Show

Is this really all that shocking, considering Kelly claims former Fox News Corp. Chairman Roger Ailes sexually harassed her on numerous occasions shortly after she was hired a decade ago?

And also considering the fact that Kelly clearly has no respect for Sean Hannity?

And also considering that Kelly is not a very big fan of Donald Trump, the impending President of the United States who will have the full support of Fox News and its unfair and non-balanced reporters?

It really shouldn't be.

In fact, this move should have been an obvious one to see coming.

But still. We understand the idea of Megyn Kelly appearing on any network other than Fox is jarring.

And Kelly clearly understands this as well.

That's why she has issued a lengthy Facebook post in response to her decision going public.

Megyn Kelly with Short Hair

"Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life," she wrote this afternoon, continung:

"Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I've had. I have agreed to join NBC News, where I will be launching a new daytime show Monday through Friday, along with a Sunday evening news magazine program.

"I will also participate in NBC's breaking news coverage and its political and special events coverage."

Concluded the 46-year old:

"While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge.

"I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, and especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters.

"More to come soon. … Happy New Year, and God bless.”

In announcing the hiring of Kelly, Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News, said the following:

“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.”

And while Kelly's contract at Fox runs through this summer, it sounds as though she'll be let out of it early.

We still aren't sure when she'll first appear on NBC, but Fox News has announced she will only anchor The Kelly File through Friday, January 6.

Added Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox:

"We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contributions to FOX News. We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best."

Kelly has hinted at not just a move away from Fox for some time, but a move away from primetime.

Hosting a daytime show will allow her to spend more time with her children - Edward, 7, Yardley, 5, and Thatcher, 3 - whom she shares with husband Douglas Brunt.

This was allegedly a major selling point for NBC.

The question now remains, though: Will Kelly have the same sort of following at NBC that she had at Fox News?


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