Reports of Megyn Kelly’s demise (at Fox) have been greatly exaggerated, it appears.
Rumors have been swirling that she’d be leaving Fox News. The Drudge Report sparked most of them when they “exclusively” reported that Kelly could be jumping networks. Their expose argued that CNN was looking to take Kelly, but would have trouble affording the $20 million a year Fox is currently paying her.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 1, 2016
The rest of the internet quickly piled on the speculation. (Editor’s note: including us)
It has quickly turned out that the speculation was just that: speculation. She is keeping some mystery in the mix though, however.
As the Daily Mail reported: Megyn Kelly has responded to reports she may be leaving Fox News for CNN by telling her two million Twitter followers to ignore the rumors – but didn’t completely rule out the blockbuster. Kelly has now poured cold water on the claims stating directly: ‘Many reporters are writing articles about me and my future at Fox. Don’t believe a thing u hear unless it comes from me, period.’
Many reporters are writing articles about me and my future at Fox. Don't believe a thing u hear unless it comes from me, period.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) December 3, 2016
Last week’s report suggested that Zucker wanted to have Kelly anchor a show in the 8pm or 9pm hour on the network. The move baffled media insiders as not only would Kelly have had to take a lower salary but CNN continues to lag well behind Fox News in the ratings.
In a recent interview with AdWeek Kelly said, ‘You know, I’m seriously considering my future and I do feel very grateful that I have a spot at Fox News.
‘I really have respect for the Murdochs. I haven’t known them very well but I’ve come to know them and so far I like everything I’ve seen. So the thought of working for them is very alluring. ‘But I have to figure this one out and give it all the consideration it deserves because I’ve got these three little people with me who I really love and want to see as well. This is a big one for me and I don’t want to screw it up.’
In other words…. we have no idea. If she wasn’t entertaining other offers it’s a bit odd why she wouldn’t just deny the accusations outright. It could simply be the case that she would entertain switching networks, but simply hasn’t yet seen any other offers — or any other offers appealing enough.
As of now, no other networks have yet made an offer to her.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]