On her final show on Friday, Megyn Kelly said goodbye to her 12 years working at Fox News.
“I am sincerely grateful for your trust, your patience and your good humor over the years, which is one of the reasons why saying goodbye is so hard,” she said on the show. “But the truth is I am lucky to have been doing a job whose ending is bittersweet. And I leave you knowing I am better for having been here. I hope you feel the same.”
Kelly confirmed reports this week that she would be leaving Fox for NBC News, where she will host a daytime show, a Sunday night show similar to “60 Minutes,” and she will help in special event coverage for the network.
Describing the move as a “tough decision,” Kelly noted that her relationship with her viewers was valuable to her.
“The truth is I need more of that in my life, in particular when it comes to my children who are 7, 5, and 3,” she said. “So I’ll be leaving Fox News at the week’s end and starting a new adventure, joining the journalists at NBC News who I deeply admire,” according to The Hill, which posted a transcript of her comments.
“I am very grateful to NBC for this opportunity and I am deeply thankful to Fox News the wonderful 12 years I have had here. I’ve grown up here and been given every chance a young reporter could ever ask for,” she added. “The Murdoch family has been kind and good to me at every turn, and my colleagues are like a second family. So I’ll miss them and this show and you, and I hope our human connection continues, albeit over a different line.”
Her “Kelly File” show was the second most popular show on Fox behind Bill O’Reilly’s show.
Tucker Carlson will be taking her 9 p.m. timeslot at Fox News.