When Megyn Kelly announced she was leaving Fox News, it was a surprise to some and a relief to others. She did not endear herself to some viewers with her coverage of Donald Trump during the election cycle.
However, any “void” she left was quickly filled by Tucker Carlson, who has enjoyed a ratings bonanza in that time slot — although he has been overtaken of late by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Yes, really.
In fact, last week, Maddow not only topped Carlson for viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, she topped all of cable news, even edging ahead of O’Reilly.
So the question is, what’s next for Megyn? The answer depends on whom you ask.
Per Variety, According to Fox News Channel, Kelly no longer has ties to the 21st Century Fox owned cable-news outlet. But a spokeswoman for the popular anchor says she is still working out final details with her soon-to-be-former employer.
“Fox News let Megyn Kelly out of her contract on March 9th,” the network said in a statement. Kelly’s contract was slated to end in early July. The Wall Street Journal previously reported the early termination of the terms that would keep Kelly from working elsewhere. She was last seen on Fox News Channel on January 6, when she signed off from her primetime show, “The Kelly File.” Leslee Dart, a spokeswoman for Kelly, said, however, the TV journalist remains under contract. “The terms of her termination are still being negotiated,” Dart said.
One concept being designed around Kelly is a new morning program slated to air at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. that will take up an hour previously allocated to NBC’s flagship “Today” program. NBC is not planning at this time to associate Kelly’s show with its morning franchise, according to one person familiar with the matter, but NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said last week after an appearance at an event organized by IESE Business School that the network had yet to determine final details around the new program.
Kelly’s other project is a Sunday-night newsmagazine that will have to be scheduled around NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” franchise.
Well this could be interesting — and it provides some light relief from all the other crap we’re being fed.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]