Fox News starlet Megyn Kelly is said to be dumping Fox News after 12 years to take on a new three-pronged role at NBC.
Sources with knowledge of the negotiations said that NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, was able to steal Kelly away with a deal that was more about what she wanted personally and professionally than cold hard cash. She will reportedly have a triple role at NBC, hosting “her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.”
Fox News is likely pissed, to say the least. Kelly is one of Fox’s top two anchors, second only to Bill O’Reilly (who has been whispering that he may retire soon). The conservative news network offered Kelly $20 million to stay on after her current contract comes to an end in a few months. Other networks attempting to woo Kelly away, including NBC, made it clear from the start that they would not be able to match the money Fox was offering.
No one was willing to disclose what Kelly’s salary at NBC will be, but even just a small raise would make her one of today’s highest paid journalists. According to the Wall Street Journal, she reportedly raked in $15 million during her final year at Fox. However, the deal she reportedly made with NBC will still bring in significantly less cash than what Fox was offering.
So if it wasn’t about the money, what made her decide to jump ship? Well, I’m going to assume that maybe a lack of creepy and perverted old men like Roger Ailes sexually harassing her played at least a small role. But one source says that there was something else that took precedence: her schedule and work environment; especially as it relates to time with her family.
The New York Times reports:
One person briefed on Ms. Kelly’s deliberations said that Mr. Lack, the NBC News chairman, won over Ms. Kelly by starting the talks with a question about what she was seeking, instead of flatly offering possibilities. He then came back with a deal that was tailored to her preferences. A daytime show would give her a schedule that would allow her to see her children off to school and to have dinner with them and her husband, Douglas Brunt, a novelist.
Sorry Fox, it seems sometimes money just isn’t everything to everyone after all.
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