Ending months of speculation, Megyn Kelly has reportedly decided to leave Fox News for a wide-reaching new role at NBC News. The New York Times broke the story this afternoon, writing that Kelly was "wooed" away from Fox by an offer from NBC News that would not only allow her to host her own daytime show, but anchor a Sunday news show and participate in the network's special politics-oriented programming.
The move strikes a blow to the heart of the Fox News lineup, where Kelly is the network's second-most watched host and a fixture of its political coverage. Her decision to leave is just the most recent point of upheaval at the network, which has been trying to recover from revelations that Roger Ailes allegedly sexually harassed several women who worked there.
According to Vanity Fair, top brass at the network proposed a new $20 million contract to keep Kelly, but understood that she was looking at other opportunities while she considered her options. Her spokesperson, Leslee Dart, boasted to Vanity Fair in December 2016 that Kelly had "been presented with more opportunities than ever before," owing to both her talent and to the perhaps unwelcome spotlight that the election has placed on her. She was one of Donald Trump's earliest and most frequent targets during the race, notably accused by the now president-elect of menstruating during the first presidential debate.
"She is incredibly grateful and is taking the time she needs to make this important decision for her family and her career," Dart said last month.
At last, it seems she's made up her mind. According to the Times, a more flexible schedule and an offer tailored to what she was looking for is what sealed the deal. Sources say she's eager to see her children off to school and to have dinner at home, something she couldn't do in her slot at Fox.