Megyn Kelly, who hosts one of the highest rated programs on Fox News, isn’t sure that she will stay at the cable news juggernaut when her contract expires next year.
Kelly spoke about her time at Fox, and her future, in an interview published Tuesday in Variety:
I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve had a great 12 years here, and I really like working for Roger Ailes. I really like my show, and I love my team. But you know, there’s a lot of brain damage that comes from the job. There was probably less brain damage when I worked in the afternoon. I was less well known. I had far less conflict in my life. I also have three kids who are soon going to be school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I come to work at 3:30. I like to see my children. Having said that, my boss has been good about working with me to make me happy–he knows I’m a hard worker. I’ve had few problems here where I couldn’t talk to him and say, “Can we work something out?,” and come away happy.
The very thought that Kelly is even entertaining the possibility of leaving the network is probably sending shudders throughout the halls at Fox News since The Kelly File has become one of its highest rated shows. It has even beaten The O’Reilly Factor on occasion since its debut in October 2013, and is coming off its most-watched quarter ever.
Kelly has been locked in an ongoing feud with Donald Trump since he took offense to her tough questioning during the first GOP presidential primary debate last August. Even though the network has supported her, she said that they are in a “tough position” with regard to how to handle the situation with Trump.
Fox News has been incredibly successful in cultivating its talent, and Roger Ailes may already be thinking about what his next move will be if he and Kelly can’t agree on a new contract next year. But it’s hard to imagine that he won’t pull out all the stops to retain the No. 1 female star at Fox News, and keep the network humming.