Megyn Kelly made her presence known once again at Fox News, where she left some baggage of resentment with some of her former colleagues. This is primarily due to her role in the July 2016 downfall of the channel’s late founder and chairman, Roger Ailes.
Tucker Carlson’s surprise booking of the former Fox News star for his Wednesday night 8 p.m. show has caused a number of on-air Fox News personalities to lament Kelly’s return to her cable news stomping ground. Carlson invited Kelly to share her thoughts on the Ronan Farrow/Harvey Weinstein/Matt Lauer troubles at NBC News, where she spent 18 months before she was fired almost a year ago.
Multiple sources inside and outside Fox News revealed on Tuesday that Martha MacCallum, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham were troubled by the thought of Kelly’s return, which Carlson announced at the end of Monday’s installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“This Wednesday night, two nights from now, someone who knows an awful lot about NBC is making her first TV appearance since parting ways with that channel nearly a year ago,” Carlson said promoting Kelly’s appearance as her publicity photo flashed onscreen. “Megyn Kelly will join us as a guest on this program for her first interview. She’s got a lot to say. I hope you’ll watch.”
Carlson’s announcement of the booking came without prior approval from his Fox News bosses or, for that matter, from their boss, Lachlan Murdoch. But that was not the biggest surprise at Fox, that was arguably Shepard Smith’s on-air resignation last Friday.
Smith’s sudden departure from the 3 p.m. time-slot will require a programming adjustment in the Fox News daytime schedule, and Kelly has been actively seeking employment options in recent months since NBC News Chairman Andy Lack fired her on Oct. 26, 2018 over her apparent on-air endorsement of Halloween blackface.
Fox News’ chief executive, Suzanne Scott, re-assured each nighttime host individually throughout the day on Tuesday that their jobs were safe and that Kelly’s appearance on Carlson’s show was a one-time-only event.
Late Monday night in response to Carlson’s promo, the network also issued this statement: “Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming guest appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight was coordinated weeks ago and is a one-time occurrence. Any future programming changes we are considering do not involve her.”
Kelly’s temporary return to the TV studio comes at a time when she is once again a trending topic. The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday that she has been in talks with CBS and Viacom vice-chair Shari Redstone about the possibility of joining a new conservative television outlet that Redstone hopes to launch as a rival to Fox News.
Kelly will also be portrayed by Charlize Theron in the upcoming film Bombshell, which brings to life the professional demise of Ailes (portrayed by John Lithgow) after he was sued for sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman).
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