Megyn Kelly was one of the most controversial media figures during the 2016 election.
Her decision to leave Fox News for NBC only added to her reputation.
Now, the latest storm surrounding her career just came to a conclusion.
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding her exit from Fox News was when she would officially start on NBC.
Her last appearance on Fox was early January and her contract runs until July.
While NBC announced her signing, she had not yet officially left Fox News.
That all has changed.
“…the Wall Street Journal reported that the star anchor has signed a formal employment contract with NBC. The news comes after a series of mixed messages from Kelly’s former employer and spokeswoman.
Back in January, NBC announced that Megyn Kelly would be taking on a triple role at the network: host of an unnamed daytime news program, anchor of a Sunday night news show, and contributor to NBC’s special political programming and other big-event coverage. The network said Kelly’s new gig is a part of a “multi-year agreement,” though it failed to disclose how much her contract was worth.
But shortly after NBC’s announcement it remained unclear whether the anchor had negotiated her exit from her former employer, Fox News. According to the Journal, Kelly’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart said in March that “the terms of the termination [of her contract with Fox] are still being negotiated.”
Dart’s statement contradicted an announcement by Fox News, which said it released Kelly from her contract on March 9—four months before it expired on July 1.
Now, however, both sides seem to be in agreement when it comes to which network Kelly is working for. Her morning NBC show is expected to take either the 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. slot and will likely debut in the fall. Her prime-time Sunday show could start as early as this summer.”
Even Kelly’s start date has been a subject of intrigue.
To make room for her morning program, NBC canceled the popular Today Talk, the 9am hour of the Today Show.
The program was hosted by Al Roker and Tamron Hall.
Kelly’s arrival upset the Today Show apple cart.
But that doesn’t compare to the chaos surrounding her primetime news magazine show.
Now that she is officially part of NBC, they can begin to nail down when her daytime talk show will start.
Fortune reported the program may debut in the summer.
Normally a new show would debut in the fall, but NBC broadcasts the Sunday Night Football game, which is the highest rated show on television.
That would mean Kelly would have to wait until January 2018 to premiere her show.
The other option is to begin airing the program during the summer months of 2017.
While that would get Kelly on the air quicker, it would also create obstacles for her show.
The summer months are generally looked at as low priority for the networks where they debut reality programming or limited series.
That’s because fewer people tune into primetime television from June to August.
Kelly’s controversial exit from Fox created a controversial arrival at NBC.
Will storm clouds continue to hover over her career?
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