Megyn Kelly will be moving from her popular primetime cable TV show on Fox News and will join NBC News, it has been reported on Tuesday.
Fox has yet to issue a comment on the matter.
Details about Kelly’s plans for NBC were not revealed in the report.
Kelly was in talks with Fox to renew her contract, but wanted north of $20 million per year, the Wall Street Journal reported. Reports in the past month, namely an exclusive from the Drudge Report, indicated that she might be moving from Fox to another network.
But according to the Times report, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack was able to lure Kelly away from Fox by offering her the opportunity to host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor a Sunday night show, and take part in NBC’s special programming and large-event coverage.
Kelly, 46, had been the second-most watched host on Fox after Bill O’Reilly. During the 2016 election, Kelly’s popularity was boosted with an on-again, off-again public feud with President-elect Donald Trump. Her latest book, “Settle for More,” was also a big seller on Amazon.com.
Murdoch told the WSJ in October that Kelly is important to Fox and hoped to get a contract signed “very soon.” At the time, he noted that “it’s up to her.”
“We have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for her spot,” he added.