“Options open”

Megyn Kelly considers leaving Fox News in search of “less conflict”

(Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Megyn Kelly is not afraid of a fight. The Fox News anchor has found herself the target of a barrage of attacks from Donald Trump this election cycle that, as she told Variety in a new interview, seems to regenerate every few weeks, even when she’s reaching back out to his camp to invite him to do another interview. He’s called for boycotts of her show, and when it instead drew higher ratings, he took credit for it. And he’s been careful to avoid her tough questions at debates. All of Trump’s rhetoric and behavior toward Kelly over the past 10 months, she said, has made her think about how women are treated, and are willing to be treated, in America today.

“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the past 10 months is we have a long way to go. We as women in the country —where we are, how we think of ourselves, what we’re willing to accept — we have a ton of work to do,” she told the magazine.

Variety asked about Kelly’s plans when her contract with Fox News is up, and the star said she would consider leaving the network, partially because of the level of conflict that comes with hosting an evening news show that has caused her “a lot of brain damage.” Fox News is launching a prime time special with Kelly, produced by Barbara Walters’ longtime producer, Bill Geddie, this spring, in the style of the sit-down interviews that have seen Walters and ABC News’ Diane Sawyer garner “huge ratings.” And after that, she’s not quite sure what will come next.

“Listen,” she said, “this is a fickle business. What if they called me and fired me tomorrow? I have to keep my options open.”

We’re looking forward to Megyn Kelly being interviewed onstage by Katie Couric, at the opening night of the 7th Annual Women in the New York World Summit, tonight. You can see the full agenda here and watch via livestream at Womenintheworld.com.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Kelly was considering leaving her show after Trump’s attacks on her and that she was responsible for launching her own specials. In fact Fox News is launching the specials. It also misspelled producer Bill Geddie’s name as Geddy. We regret the errors.

Read the full story at Variety.

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