Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly found herself personally at the center of the news cycle this past election season, after she surprised (and angered) many by opening the first GOP debate last August with a direct confrontation with president-elect Donald Trump about his treatment of women. The now-infamous exchange led to an ongoing public feud between the two, ostensibly laid largely to rest in a May TV interview.
However, the incident may have been the beginning of many conservative viewers’s souring on the popular Fox News host. Many of you, our readers, noted Kelly’s apparent liberal leanings might make her better suited to a role on CNN. Indeed, with Kelly’s contract up next year, rumors have been swirling that Kelly may in fact be auditioning herself for
greener bluer pastures at a network such as CNN.
Now, Drudge Report is reporting that CNN indeed is actively doing everything in its power to lure Kelly over to the network for a prime time slot.
Via Drudge Report:
CNN President Jeff Zucker is actively perusing (sic) FOX star Megyn Kelly to anchor 8 or 9 PM on his network, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. And Kelly might just say, YES!
“He is moving the Himalayan mountains to get her,” a top insider explains. “But they are tripped up on money. He simply can’t pay her the $20 million a year FOX has on the table.”
Kelly’s contract is up in July 2017.
For Kelly, a move to Columbus Circle would represent a fresh break from a turbulent 18 months at FOXNEWS. And the chance to go directly against arch-nemesis Bill O’Reilly will be hard to resist.
Meanwhile, the highs and lows of the Trump and Roger Ailes dramas have taken a toll.
The anchor is “despised” by fellow on-air talent. And FOX insiders describe how it’s gotten only worse since the release of her book, which is expected to end the holidays under 500,000 total copies sold. [Megyn refused to promote her book on both O’Reilly and Hannity, foreshadowing a move.]
Since CNN reportedly can’t match her FOX salary, Zucker is reportedly looking at other ways to sweeten the pot, including heavy promotion and synergy across all TIME WARNER outlets.
A top source close to the action describes how Megyn would be an immediate international star at CNN. “It’s the opportunity of lifetime.”
“She could even star in a movie at WARNER BROS.”
As someone who has done a sexy photoshoot for GQ magazine, and as noted above, is actively promoting her book currently, one can imagine the wide exposure (and potential brand extensions) Time Warner might offer her could be compelling to Kelly.
So far, CNN, Fox News and reps for Kelly herself have not commented on the matter.
Drudge Report’s unscientific poll of readers suggests nearly 2/3 of readers believe a move to CNN is the best next move for Kelly, vs. staying at Fox.
So, readers, what are your thoughts?
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse]