At the close of her 9 p.m. show on Fox News Tuesday, Megyn Kelly finally addressed the news that rocked the media world earlier in the afternoon: She’s leaving Fox and heading to NBC News.
Kelly’s final day at Fox will be this Friday. She has been with the network for 12 years, where she held various hosting roles throughout her tenure before hosting her own daytime news show and later her own prime-time show.
It was her prime-time show, “The Kelly File,” which began in late 2013, where she discovered full-fledged stardom.
But despite having three more days to host her show, Kelly took an opportunity at the conclusion of Tuesday’s show to bid adieu to her Fox colleagues and more importantly, her very loyal fanbase and audience.
“This was a tough decision for me because I love this show,” Kelly explained.
“Our staff, my crew, my colleagues here at Fox, and you — all of you. Those who write me the lovely handwritten notes asking about my kids, and even those who very rarely complain on Twitter about our coverage after a show or a presidential debate,” she said. “Now, I know I don’t actually know most of you so perhaps its not true love. But it makes one feel connected to another human being. And that, after all, is why I believe you are here — human connection.”
The New York Times broke the news that Kelly would be leaving Fox and heading to NBC. Shortly after, NBC confirmed the story, and Kelly herself posted about it on Facebook.
And while many of the details behind why Kelly left Fox will probably never be publicly known, the Times did cite at least one reason: She wanted to spend more time with her family. And according to the Times, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack offered Kelly a daytime role at the network, which proved to be too good an offer to turn down.
Kelly explained as much during her closing monologue Tuesday, saying that she desires to spend more time with her three children and a daytime job at NBC would allow her to do that.
“So I will be leaving Fox News at the week’s end and starting a new adventure, joining the journalists at NBC News who I deeply admire,” Kelly said.
“I’m very grateful to NBC for this opportunity, and I am deeply thankful to Fox News for the wonderful 12 years I have had here. I have grown up here and been given every chance a young reporter could ever ask for,” she added. “The Murdoch family has been kind and good to me at every turn, and my colleagues are like a second family to me. So I will miss them, and this show, and you. And I hope our human connection continues, albeit over a different line.”
“Thank you for watching, with love,” Kelly concluded.