The popular afternoon host of America Live is moving to primetime.
The network announced its decision in a statement this afternoon. What isn't clear, however, is where Kelly will fit in the evening line-up which already includes Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta van Susteren -- all of whom have long-term contracts with the cable news network.
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“Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. “Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business.”
Kelly signed a new contract with Fox News in May. Last fall, before negotiations got underway, Ailes told TVNewser, “We have a great relationship. Eventually, we’d love her to stay here and be even a bigger star.”
“Roger Ailes hired me nine years ago when I was new to this business and he had little other than instinct to suggest it might work out,” Kelly says. “I was grateful to him then, remain so today, and am excited for this next opportunity.”
We will have to wait until after Kelly returns from maternity leave to see where she winds up.