Megyn Kelly departs from Fox News

Megyn Kelly departs from Fox News

Maddy Sell '18, Staff Writer

By Maddy Sell ’18

Megyn Kelly, Fox news star anchor of 12 years, will leave Fox for NBC News later this year. She is planning to host a daytime news program, a Sunday-night news show and be featured in event coverage, according to The New York Times. Her future salary at NBC has not yet been disclosed.

Staples students are having mixed reactions to this news. “I liked her when she first started her career. Then, after a few years, she became somewhat rude,”   Camille Cross ’17 said. “Sure, she’d debate against powerful people, but she didn’t execute with professionalism, class and kindness.”

However, some Staples students are excited about Kelly’s switch. “I’m glad she’s moving to a station where she’ll actually be appreciated by viewers,” Sam Effman ’18 says.

Kelly’s role at Fox News was a highly acclaimed and fundamental one, according to one of her biographies.  She was first sent to New York City in 2006 to co-anchor America’s Newsroom and host a segment called, “Kelly’s Court.” In 2010, she was chosen to lead the Fox News program America Live, where she often challenge her guests with difficult questions. Kelly File, her current segment, was created after her maternity leave, where shecovered large news events, like the Newtown shooting.

Her most recent interview with president-elect Donald Trump was infamous for her calling him out on sexist comments he had made in the past. Mr. Trump provided backlash, calling her a “bimbo” and “crazy”,

Kelly wrote, in a Facebook status about her departure, that her job at Fox has changed her life and provided her with experiences that have augmented her reporting skills. She also touches on her appreciation for Fox.

“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.”

In combination with the departure of Roger Ailes, one of Fox’s powerful founding chairmen, months ago, Kelly’s departure will greatly disrupt Fox News’s acclaimed prime-time program, according to The Times.

However her departure may affect Fox, many students are more anxious to see how her future career unfolds. “I guess it means that Trump has made her question her views and ethics or she’s becoming more liberal,” Abi Genser ’18 said. “I wonder if they will let her be as conservative on NBC.”

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