Following Megyn Kelly’s departure from Fox News to NBC News, more details have emerged about contract details.
Mediaite and NY Magazine reported that Kelly, 46, was offered $25 million for four years to stay at the network. And NBC reportedly offered her $15 million to $20 million, reported CNN’s Brian Stelter, saying that “money wasn’t a driving factor.” The NY Magazine report, however, claimed that she may have been unhappy at the network.
Kelly also confirmed in media reports that her last show on Fox will be on Friday.
In the meantime, Tucker Carlson is now assuming Kelly’s 9 p.m. time slot and Martha MacCallum will be taking Carlson’s old spot at 7 p.m., Fox confirmed.
“In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance,” Fox boss Rupert Murdoch said in a statement. “Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up.”
His program will continue as “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and will be broadcast from the channel’s Washington, D.C. bureau.
Kelly confirmed her departure on Facebook, where she thanked executives at Fox News.
“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,” she wrote.