While the New York Times broke the news late Tuesday morning, the confirmation of the report came from Kelly herself the same afternoon (January 2, 2017) on her social media channels conveying her gratitude to FOX and expressing her enthusiasm on the switch over to NBC.
Kelly joined the Fox News channel in 2004 and earned a formidable reputation as one of the most popular and talked about news anchors during her 13-year stint at the Fox News channel.
With a legal background, she was the perfect choice for hosting her own legal segment titled “Kelly’s Court” during Weekend Live. She also made appearances on a weekly segment of The O’Reilly Factor and intermittently filled in for Greta Van Susteren on On the Record, where most of her reporting focused on legal and political matters.
In her long career with Fox News, she became a well-accepted figure on different Fox News programs including her appearance as a guest panelist on Fox News’ late-night satire Red Eye w/ Tom Shillue.
On February 1, 2010, replacing Fox News’ earlier show The Live Desk, she started hosting her own two-hour-long afternoon show America Live which became a hit with the audience increasing the viewership by 20% averaging almost 1.3 million viewers. In the 25 to 54 age group, the viewership had grown by 4% with an average of 268,000 viewers.
Kelly is known to have received extensive media attention for her coverage of the 2012 United States presidential election.
When Fox News predicted an Obama victory on November 6, 2012, after part of the results had been made public, Megan Kelly in response to Karl Rove’s disagreement with the projection asked, “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? Or is this real?”
There are many such instances during her tenure with Fox News where Kelly attracted a lot of public and media attention, both positive and controversial, which has made her what she is today.
However, the recently concluded presidential elections witnessed the controversial best from Kelly in so far as her turbulent relationship with the President-elect Donald Trump is concerned.
During a Republican Party presidential debate in August 2015, Kelly is said to have asked whether a man of Trump’s temperament ought to be elected president, a statement which generated an array of media and political reactions.
In fact, in response to Trump’s criticism of her, she responded by saying she would not “apologize for doing good journalism.”
She had irked Trump to the extent that he refused to attend the Iowa debate that Megan Kelly was moderating. In an off-camera statement after the debate, she referred to Trump as “Voldemort” – it’s ironic and amusing, though, that she chose not to add the word ‘Lord’ before ‘Voldemort.’
Her new role at the NBC will include hosting a weekday daytime show and a Sunday night appearance on a newsmagazine program as announced by NBC.
This is what Megyn Kelly wrote on her Facebook page: “Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life. Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC….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. More to come soon.”