Megyn Kelly is considering her return to television in time to cover the 2020 presidential race, although she is still “emotionally scarred” from her unceremonious axing from NBC, according to a new report.
However, a source has told Page Six that Kelly expects to go back on air some time in October, just as the 2020 election season starts.
During the 2016 campaign, Kelly got involved in a public feud with then-candidate Donald Trump after she moderated the first presidential debate in August 2015, reported Page Six.
Waiting until October will also have given her an entire year off-screen.
“Megyn’s trying not to make any decisions right now,” the source said. “She’s emotionally scarred from what happened. She needs a break after decades of hard work.”
Kelly “doesn’t want to rush into something just for the sake of it,” the source added. “She needs something good emotionally, intellectually—something that’s good for the whole family.”
When Kelly and NBC officially parted ways earlier this year, sources said that Kelly is free from any noncompete clauses, which means she can immediately seek a job at other networks. However, there is a nondisclosure agreement in place.
While Kelly is expected to land at another network, it’s not yet clear which one.
Kelly’s move from Fox to NBC in 2017 was closely followed within the media industry partly because she'd became one of the highest paid people in the news business, with an estimated salary of $69 million over three years.
The sources also said that Kelly is free to work at other networks.
Kelly apologized for the comments directly after the show aired and then again the next day while on air, but still received widespread criticism from several NBC News personalities and the public.
“She’s expected to be back in action soon,” the friend added. “She will work again.”