Rumors are swirling today that prime-time host, Megyn Kelly is considering leaving Fox News for a possible jump to CNN. Her show, The Kelly File has consistently been a top ratings draw for the network. The Drudge Report has it listed on Siren and is fueling the speculation that the popular host is on her way out.
Ms. Kelly has made the talk show rounds the last few weeks promoting her book, Settle For More.
This could be legit or it could just be part of continued contract negotiations.
As the WSJ reported in October….
Keeping Ms. Kelly is a priority for senior management, including Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of Fox News and co-executive chairman of its parent company, 21st Century Fox.
Asked if Ms. Kelly would stay at the channel, Mr. Murdoch said in an interview that she is important to the network and he hopes to get a contract signed “very soon,” but noted, “it’s up to her.”
Mr. Murdoch said he is kept abreast of the talks “every minute of the day.” While he doesn’t want to lose her, he said, “we have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for her spot.”
Mr. Murdoch and his family are major stakeholders in both 21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal owner News Corp.
For the final year of her current deal, Ms. Kelly is set to receive about $15 million, people familiar with the matter said. The people said she is seeking an average annual salary north of $20 million for her next contract—which would put her on par with Fox host Bill O’Reilly.
Mr. Murdoch said money isn’t an issue in the talks.
Money may not have been an issue for Mr. Murdoch but it sounds like Megyn Kelly is truly looking to “Settle For More” on this next contract if she is to stay with the cable network.
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