RUMOR: Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News?

So this is being reported by Drudge this morning, with no details to substantiate it:

Drudge has since added this photo to the mix (which is from Brian Stelter at CNN in April of this year):


I have no idea whether this is true or credible. But Drudge is reporting it and he has a huge readership.

On the one hand Kelly has a huge platform as a prime time host on a big news network with great ratings. Why would she leave that, especially with BillO near retirement?

On the other hand, she may feel like Fox News’ reputation has been sullied over the sexual harassment of Roger Ailes. She may also feel less at home after this past election where there seemed to be public spats with Hannity and BillO.

And we know that she’s quite ambitious. Some are even reporting that she’s become an unlikely feminist icon and perhaps she feels she wants to capitalize on this newfound fame?

Or maybe this is all to do about contract negotiations. Remember this?

The Journal reported that sources say in talks over a potential new contract with Fox News, Kelly is asking for “north of $20 million” a year, which would put her on level with Bill O’Reilly, the current ratings leader at the cable-news channel. Kelly is second in ratings at the channel.

Kelly is set to make $15 million at the end of her current contract, which expires next year.

Rupert Murdoch, Fox News’ chief executive, has made it clear he would like to keep Kelly, but “it’s up to her.” He says money isn’t an issue, according to the Journal.

Could it be she’s simply trying to get more money?

I guess it’s plausible that she may want to leave or could be using this to jack up her price. Her contract expires next year so we’ll find out soon enough what’s really going on here.

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