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Megyn Kelly to leave Fox News for NBC News

Television host Megyn Kelly announced on social media

Television host Megyn Kelly announced on social media on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017, that she is leaving Fox News for NBC News. Photo Credit: AFP Getty Images / Jim Watson

Megyn Kelly is heading to NBC News in a move that will give the current Fox News anchor her own one-hour daytime show, NBCUniversal News Group chairman Andrew Lack announced on Tuesday.

Kelly, 46, will have a hand in developing the weekday show, which does not yet have a set time slot.

“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” Lack said in a news release. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her."

The multiyear agreement also includes an anchor spot on a "news magazine show" which will air on Sunday nights as well as regular contributions breaking news and events coverage, and special political programming, the statement said. The cost of Kelly's deal with NBC News was not disclosed.

"Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life. Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I've had," Kelly said in a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter  “. . . 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.”

Kelly joined Fox in 2004 as a Washington-based correspondent before rising to host prime-time show "The Kelly File." NBC News called out key metrics in its statement, notably that "The Kelly File" is regularly the No. 1 cable news program in the coveted 25-54 demographic.

In her 12 years with Fox News, Kelly rose to become the second-most-watched host on the network, behind Bill O'Reilly, and her departure will likely create a massive shift in Fox News' prime-time scheduling.

She will host "The Kelly File" through Friday, Jan. 6, a Fox News spokeswoman said. Guest hosts for the 9 p.m. hour are still being chosen, the spokeswoman said, but declined to elaborate further on the future of the show or Kelly's contract.

“We thank Megyn Kelly for her 12 years of contributions to FOX News,” Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement. “We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best.”

The network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, had offered the popular host $20 million a year to stay past her contract's expiration, The New York Times reported

NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corp.


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