By now, you’ve heard.
Longtime Fox News personality Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC.
Many Republicans (and former colleagues) are happy to see her go.
It is now being reported that Kelly turned down a 4-year, $100 million contract to remain at FNC.
That’s baseball money.
Mediaite has learned that Fox News offered Megyn Kelly even more than has generally been reported, a whopping $100 million package to stay put at the network and continue hosting her highly-rated prime time cable news show. A source close to Kelly says the offer, which included $25 million per year for four years, came directly from Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Co-Chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox.
Our sources tells us that New York Magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman‘s “scoop” on Tuesday that Kelly went begging for $25 million late in their negotiations talks is entirely inaccurate. We are told, unequivocally, that Kelly never even countered Fox’s generous $100 million offer, because she had made up her mind to move on. In fact, the Fox offer is far higher financially than the one she ultimately accepted from NBC.
Late Tuesday morning, news broke that Kelly would be leaving Fox News after 12 years to head to NBC News, where she would have her own daytime talk show to discuss current events, an in-depth political show on Sundays, and a chance to be “in the mix” during special broadcasts for NBC.
Either Kelly desperately wanted to make a change, or NBC backed up the Brinks truck to her front door.
Best of luck, Megyn.
Now, who fills Kelly’s coveted time slot?