Per a report from the Associated Press (which is coming via her publicist), the longtime Fox News host and commentator is going to be joining NBC News. This is a huge move given the fact that it could give Kelly a chance to do a wide array of new things beyond just political discourse, while also still earning her a massive salary. It also leaves Fox without one of its highest-rated hosts.
Do we think that Fox will do just fine without her? Sure, mostly because the appeal of that network by and large comes via its voice as opposed to any particular person on it. People watch it for a viewpoint that matches their own, and there are not too many other mainstream cable-news venues to get that consistently. Kelly is popular, but it’ll be interesting to see precisely how she fares outside of that arena. Given the overall negative tone of cable news and political commentary right now, no matter your affiliation, it’s possible that the new gig may just be more of a positive experience for her.
This move is an enormous one that follows up Kelly’s biggest past year and a half of her entire career. She notoriously had a conflict with now President-elect Donald Trump back when he was running for the Republican ticket, and following that she and many other female anchors at Fox News were surrounded by questions after former news personality Gretchen Carlson accused the network’s head Roger Ailes of inappropriate conduct. Kelly released a book, where she recounted some of her own experiences. This allowed her to go on a media tour where she saw many venues beyond her own.
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