Syracuse native and Syracuse University alumna Megyn Kelly says she may leave Fox News after her recent fued.
“The Kelly File” host revealed in a new interview with Variety on Tuesday that she hasn’t decided whether or not she’ll stay at the cable news network. She’s been a staple of Roger Ailes’ Fox News Channel for 12 years, but her contract expires in 2017, according to media reports.
“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,” she told the magazine in April’s “Power of Women” issue.
“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 at 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.”
Kelly, 45, launched her own primetime talk show “The Kelly File” in October 2013. Since then, she’s become the network’s second-most watched personality — sometimes even beating No. 1 Bill O’Reilly — but also faced scrutiny for calling Santa Claus “white” and received death threats amid her feud with presidential candidate Donald Trump.
She told Variety that continued attacks from the Republican front-runner and his supporters have shown her women “have a long way to go.” She predicted a big story after the election will be an evaluation of what role media played, including how they treated candidates and vice versa.
Kelly previously said she wished O’Reilly defended her more in his interview with Trump, but admitted the network has been “in a tough position.”
Kelly, who was born in Syracuse and lived in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district for nine years before returning to attend SU, didn’t say if she was considering leaving Fox News for another network, but doesn’t think she’d be a good fit for a daytime talk show or on a morning show like “Today.”
“I have to keep my options open,” she told Variety, joking that Ailes could fire her anytime. “Everything is rolling along fine, and then you call [Mike] Huckabee ‘F—abee’ and you’re gone.”
Variety’s 2016 Power of Women New York issue, which honored Kelly, Misty Copeland, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Vera Wang, is currently on newsstands.