Megyn Kelly May Leave Fox News, Keeping Options Open
The star anchor of the cable news channel recently rose to the spotlight after being attacked by presidential hopeful Donald Trump, after she pressured him during the first GOP debate in August. Since then, her show, “The Kelly File” also rose in popularity, averaging 2.5 million nightly viewers, according to Variety.
However, Kelly’s contract is up after the 2016 elections and she said she doesn’t know yet if she’ll stay with Fox News.
“Never say never. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve had a great 12 years here, and I really like working for Roger Ailes. I really like my show, and I love my team. But you know, there’s a lot of brain damage that comes from the job,” Kelly told Variety.
“There was probably less brain damage when I worked in the afternoon. I was less well known. I had far less conflict in my life,” she continued.
Kelly has sustained numerous attacks from Trump via Twitter.
If crazy @megynkelly didn’t cover me so much on her terrible show, her ratings would totally tank. She is so average in so many ways!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2016
When asked if she felt supported by Fox News Kelly said she did.
“Fox News has been in a tough position. They care about me and they are not afraid of a fight, but we’re in unchartered territory.”
Family is also a reason why she hasn’t made a decision on staying or leaving.
“I also have three kids who are soon going to be at school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I come to work at 3:30. I like to see my children,” said Kelly.
The anchor also said she has left her options open, and has considered her own talk show.
“I’ve thought about that. I don’t know what the market looks like for that in 2016. Many people have tried and failed. I do love covering the news. I just don’t think that’s the perfect thing for me,” she told Variety.
Kelly also said she’s not so enthusiastic about co-hosting a morning show like “Today.”
“You have to wake up so early,” she said.
“The alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. When I did “America’s Newsroom,” which started at 9 a.m., I remember saying to the makeup artist at the time, ‘If you could only know the afternoon me, you’d like me so much better.'”
Kelly also said that she would like to interview Hillary Clinton, Melania Trump, Putin, Assad, and the pope in the future.