Megyn Kelly said she was considering moving from Fox News to CNN after the network’s then-CEO Jeff Zucker made what she called a “huge offer.”
Kelly, who now hosts The Megyn Kelly Show podcast, said she ultimately decided against taking up the offer because she didn’t think she could bring her Fox News fanbase to the left-leaning network.
She made the comment during an interview with conservative commentator Buck Sexton on Friday. The interview was transcribed from news site Mediaite.
Kelly recalled that when she left Fox News in 2017, she seriously considered jumping ship to compete with CNN.
“I thought about going to CNN,” says Kelly. “CNN made me a huge offer. Enormously.”
Kelly instead chose to sign on to NBC News, where she hosted a morning talk show that was eventually canceled due to low ratings and controversy.
Kelly said she chose not to go to CNN because she didn’t think she would have a significant audience there.
“I said no, Buck, because I knew: who’s going to be my fan base over there? I knew who my fans were and I knew my Fox viewers wouldn’t follow me to CNN and that CNN viewers would hate my gut,” she said.
Kelly said that Chris Wallace, who left Fox News for a show on CNN+, the fledgling streaming service that has attracted very few subscribers, is “suffering from this exact problem right now.”
She said she was surprised Wallace left Fox News because he managed to earn a whopping multimillion-dollar annual salary, even though “he was in last place [in the ratings] every week, every year, every month.”
“He was always last, and they still paid him,” Kelly said of Wallace and her former bosses at Fox News.
Kelly also chastised CNN executives for coming up with the idea of CNN+ in the first place.
“Who’s the idiot at CNN who actually thought, ‘You know what we need in the toilet with our ratings?’ More of us. We need more CNN,” Kelly said.
Sexton echoed the sentiment, adding: “I love all the jokes about what Elon was like [Musk] offers to buy Twitter for tens of billions, there are a lot of people out there right now who are willing to buy CNN+ for tens of dollars.”
Zucker abruptly resigned as CNN’s president earlier this year after revealing he had failed to disclose a year-long consensual relationship with a subordinate, Allison Gollust, who was his chief marketing officer.
Gollust resigned a short time later.
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