A December 1 article on the Drudge Report indicated CNN is looking to add Megyn Kelly to its roster when her contract with Fox ends in July 2017.
In response, Ms. Kelly put out this tweet:
“Many reporters are writing articles about me and my future at Fox. Don’t believe a thing u hear unless it comes from me, period.”
Meanwhile, according to the Drudge Report, an industry insider said CNN President Jeff Zucker “is moving the Himalayan mountains to get her, but they are tripped up on money. He simply can’t pay her the $20 million a year Fox has on the table.”
According to the story at Drudge Report, Kelly is ‘despised’ by some at Fox, a situation that has worsened since the November release of her book, Settle For More.
However, Kelly has tried to dispel rumors of her departure from Fox, stating in an interview with AdWeek:
“You know, I’m seriously considering my future and I do feel very grateful that I have a spot at Fox News.
“I really have respect for the Murdochs. I haven’t known them very well but I’ve come to know them and so far I like everything I’ve seen. So the thought of working for them is very alluring.
“But I have to figure this one out and give it all the consideration it deserves because I’ve got these three little people with me who I really love and want to see as well. This is a big one for me and I don’t want to screw it up.”
Bill O’Reilly has disputed reports of bad blood between himself and Kelly, stating in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “Oh, that’s all fabricated. She’s in a totally different part of the building. The last time I saw Megyn Kelly was in Detroit in March.”
However, during a November appearance on CBS This Morning, O’Reilly responded to a question as to whether Kelly might appear on The O’Reilly Factor to promote her new book by stating: “I don’t know. We’ll see if she’s going to be on the show or not. I want to be that candid. I’m not that interested in this.’
Anchor Norah O’Donnell then asked O’Reilly: “You’re not interested in sexual harassment?”
This question provoked the following response from the irritated O’Reilly: “I’m not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad. Okay?”
This exchange was probably in reference to Kelly’s allegations of sexual harassment from former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, which she details in her new book.
When asked for her response to O’Reilly’s statements on CBS, Kelly said “I believe that Roger Ailes made the company look bad.”
It will be interesting to see how the apparent feud between Kelly and O’Reilly affects the decision Rupert Murdoch may need to make regarding Kelly’s employment with Fox when her contract expires next summer. Can Fox keep them both?