Megyn Kelly got her start at the Fox News Network in 2004. During her 12 years with Fox, she served in positions that ranged from weekend news anchor to contributor to on-air shows like Special Report with Brit Hume. In 2010, she gained her own show The Kelly File, which enjoyed relative success in the network’s nighttime audience. However, Kelly recently announced that she would leave Fox News and join competitor NBC to host her own daytime show.
The Question of Why Megyn Kelly Left Fox News
Megyn’s official statement about why she decided to leave Fox News centered around her children. She said that as a mother to three young children that she wanted to be home more with them during the evening hours. She said that NBC offered her that flexibility with her own daytime show, which is set to debut later in 2017.
However, cable news insiders say that her reason for leaving go well beyond her desire to spend more time with her kids. They theorize that Kelly’s poorly receive presidential debate moderating job hit a sour note with Fox’s conservative viewers. They accuse her of trying to make Donald Trump look like a fool and for unfairly targeting him with “gotcha” questions during the debate.
Kelly is also viewed as a bit of a traitor among her own peers at Fox News. Bill O’Reilly, in particular, accused Kelly of being a hack for alleging that she was sexually harassed by CEO Roger Ailes. She went on to write a tell-all about her time at Fox News, a move that was not welcomed among her otherwise tight-lipped coworkers.
Her poor performance as the moderator of the presidential debate along with losing favor among O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and others at Fox are more than likely the real reasons for why Kelly feels it is time to move on from the network. The verdict is still out about how well she will be received at NBC this fall.
What the Future Has in Store for a Post-Kelly Fox News
Despite Fox News being the top-rated cable news network today, it could not save the sinking ratings of Kelly’s show The Kelly File. After taking on Trump both before and during the debates, Kelly faced a widespread backlash that saw viewers abandon her show by the droves. Her once highly rated show tanked, leaving her future with the network in question.
Now that she has left for NBC, some people also wonder what the future has in store for Fox News. Will it remain a top-rated network despite her absence or will the loss of Kelly make a negative impact on Fox News and its range of hourly shows? All signs indicate that Fox News will do more than fine with Kelly’s absence. In fact, some insiders expect it to become even more popular now that its lineup is dominated by white male conservatives.
Even with the lack of racial diversity, Fox News does, in fact, have a number of female hosts and co-hosts that garner high favor with viewers. The likes of Martha McCallum enjoy high ratings with daytime and nighttime viewers alike. Moreover, the network does employ anchors of minority races, most notably Juan Williams and Geraldo Rivera.
Megyn Kelly has enjoyed a respectable career as a lawyer and cable news commentator. Her decision to leave Fox News has been met with mixed reviews by the public. While she may look forward to spending more time with her kids along with hosting an NBC daytime program, she also has arguably left few Fox News fans missing her absence.
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