If she leaves, I wouldn’t blame her.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, one of their highest rated stars, may be looking to jump ship. The rumors have been out there for months, and it makes sense. Since Fox News has been acting as Trump’s campaign headquarters, Kelly has really seemed out of place.
Still, with lecherous Trump pal, Roger Ailes out at Fox, and Rupert Murdoch and his sons taken the helm, there is a keen interest in keeping Kelly around. Reports are that when Kelly’s contract comes up in 2017, the Murdoch’s have put $20 million a year on the table, in order to get her to renew her contract.
As the rumor mill spins, however, there are talks of ABC making a move to draw Kelly over.
A person familiar with the discussions told Vanity Fair that “ABC has renewed, and perhaps sweetened, its effort to woo Kelly” within the last month.
But a response from ABC News and parent company Disney appears to throw cold water on the idea that any tangible offer is on the table for the “Kelly File” host.
“As much as we appreciate and admire Megyn Kelly’s talents, this is simply not true. There has never been an offer of any job, and therefore there is nothing that could be sweetened. End of story.”
Sometimes in the news business, when someone says “end of story,” your best bet is to check the next page, because something else is lingering.
Kelly’s spokesperson, Leslee Dart, has suggested that while a specific offer may not be on the table, there have been talks, and not just with ABC.
“People can parse language any way they want,” said Dart, who runs a PR firm and isn’t affiliated with Fox News.
“The fact of the matter is that fortunately Megyn Kelly has been presented with more opportunities than ever before.”
I actually hope she has.
As one of the very few personalities from Fox News who didn’t abandon her integrity to jump on the Trump train, and who routinely offers solid journalistic content, maybe it’s time she find a place that’s more news-oriented, and less like an offshoot of “Celebrity Apprentice.”