Megyn Kelly became one of the most controversial media personalities during the 2016 election.
Her highly personal debate questions to Donald Trump struck many as inappropriate and agenda- driven.
With her contract up in July of 2017, Drudge Report posted an exclusive update on the anchor’s future.
Controversy swirled around Kelly for most of the campaign.
Her debate questions were viewed as a personal attack designed to derail Trump’s campaign.
Trump supporters attacked her as biased.
The candidate himself boycotted Fox for two weeks after the first Republican debate and he skipped a debate on Fox just days before the Iowa Caucus because he contended Kelly would never treat him fairly.
Then in the summer of 2016, Kelly was the key witness who provided the testimony that forced former Fox News President Roger Ailes to resign.
Her apparent opposition to Trump and her role in the ouster of Ailes – the man who built Fox News into the ratings juggernaut it is today – left many employees and on-air talent at Fox cool to Kelly.
And while Fox is trying to keep Kelly in the network’s stable of broadcasters – they have reportedly offered her a contact worth $20 million per year to stay – there have always been rumors of her jumping to a rival network.
Those rumors became closer to fact when the Drudge Report posted an exclusive claiming Kelly could move to CNN.
The Drudge Report exclusive read as follows:
CNN President Jeff Zucker is actively persuing 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 FOX NEWS. 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.]
Zucker at CNN would compensate her salary with 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 a lifetime.”
“She could even star in a movie at WARNER BROS.”
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