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Although Kelly did not give details as to the exact nature of the offer, she explained on her eponymous podcast that she decided to turn down Zucker because she did not think that her loyal audience would move across with her and watch the left-leaning network.
Kelly left Fox News in 2017 and said that she immediately gave serious consideration to working for CNN.
‘I considered going to CNN. CNN made me a huge offer. Huge,’ she reiterated.
Ultimately, Kelly signed up with NBC to host a morning show, which ended up being cancelled after a combination of low ratings and a headline-grabbing racism scandal after Kelly, who is white, defended the practice of blackface.
Megyn Kelly has said she was approached by CNN’s Jeff Zucker to join the network and was made a ‘huge’ offer which she turned down
Kelly did not give details as to the exact nature of the offer from Zucker, above, CNN”s former boss. She explained on her self-titled podcast that she decided to turn him down because she did not think that her loyal audience would move across with her and watch the left-leaning network
Kelly added on her podcast that she chose not to go to CNN because she didn’t think she would have a sizeable audience there.
‘I said no, because I knew: Who is my fanbase going to be over there? I knew who my fans were and I knew that my Fox viewers were not going to follow me to CNN and that the CNN viewers were going to hate my guts,’ she said.
Kelly cited the example of Fox News’ Chris Wallace who left the network for a new role on CNN+, a streaming service that has drawn very subscribers.
CNN+ has been drawing 10,000 daily viewers since its debut on March 29 although Outgoing WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said the streaming service’s debut has exceeded his expectations.
Kelly said she was surprised that Wallace departed Fox News who was pulling in a multimillion-dollar annual salary despite being ‘in last place [in the ratings] every week, every year, every month.’
‘He was always in last, and they still paid him,’ Kelly said of Wallace.
Kelly then took a moment to blast the very idea of CNN+ to begin with.
‘Who is the moron at CNN who actually thought, ‘You know what we need with our ratings in the toilet? More of us. We need more CNN,’ Kelly said.
Zucker was essentially forced to stepped down from his position at CNN after he failed to disclose a years-long consensual relationship with his marketing chief, Allison Gollust who also resigned shortly after.
Megyn Kelly had an acrimonious exit from NBC in 2018 following remarks about blackface. Pictured: Megyn Kelly appearing on the ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ show
Since Kelly’s departure from NBC, the former Fox News host blasted the Peacock network for ‘cancelling’ her over her blackface comments, which came in October 2018.
On her show Megyn Kelly Today, she compared blackface and its appropriateness to dressing up at Halloween.
‘When I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character’, she said, and defended defended Luann de Lesseps’s use of skin darkening spray to portray Diana Ross.
After a huge backlash, she began her next program by reading prepared remarks in which she apologized for her comments the previous day.
‘I’m Megyn Kelly. And I want to begin with two words – I’m sorry,’ said Kelly as she fought back tears.
She then rehashed her comments before stating: ‘I have never been a P.C. kind of person.
‘But I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been so painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided. And I have no wish to add to that pain and offense.
The Megyn Kelly Show, Kelly’s new podcast began in September 2020
‘I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor. And I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too.’
Three days later the show was cancelled, and her contract with NBC was terminated in January 2019.
Kelly was a news anchor on Fox News from 2004 to 2017 when she left after revealing she had been subjected to abuse by CEO Roger Ailes.
During her final years on the network, she had a number of spats with Donald Trump while covering his presidential bid.
The animosity started in the 2015 debates when she pushed him on his comments towards women, prompting a flurry of angry tweets from the future president about the host.
Her tone towards Trump and his supporters has softened in recent years, with the longtime media personality saying repeatedly that they have been needlessly demonized by left-leaning Americans.
She praised his performances in the election debates of 2018 and was critical of the Biden campaign.
In an interview published last July, Kelly compared her time at NBC to her first marriage, insisting she doesn’t have any regrets and referring to it as ‘part of the journey that gets you to where you are.’
‘I had this soaring career at Fox that was great by any measure, but I was miserable at home. It was too stressful, too much time away from my family and my kids, and then I overcorrected at NBC by going too soft,’ Kelly told Business Insider.
‘To be perfectly honest, the job wasn’t intellectually stimulating for me, and now I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I’m fired up and making a difference,’ she continued.