Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who is one of the most popular news anchors in the United States, has decided to leave the network to join NBC News, where she will host both a daytime show and a Sunday night news program.
Kelly’s future at Fox News had been in doubt for months as her contract is set to run out this summer, though it was not immediately clear whether she will continue to host “The Kelly File” until she leaves the network.
NBC News said in a press release that it had reached a multi-year agreement with Kelly to host a one-hour daytime program that will air Monday through Friday. She will also anchor a new Sunday evening news show and will contribute to coverage of breaking news and special events.
“Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life,” Kelly said in a separate statement. “Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I’ve had. I have agreed to join NBC News.”
Kelly added: “While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge. I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, and especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters.”
There was no immediate response from Fox News on Kelly’s decision to leave the network.
Andrew Lack, the chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, praised Kelly as an “exceptional journalist” who has had an “extraordinary” career. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her,” Lack said.
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