How Megyn Kelly rose from small-town cheerleader to Fox News' star anchor to losing her daytime talk show at NBC
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NBC canceled Megyn Kelly's morning show after sluggish ratings and controversial comments she made about blackface.
Kelly, the former star anchor of Fox News' primetime lineup, has long been a staple in the media universe, but she became a household name after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump hurled what many described as a sexist attack against her when she confronted him about his treatment of women during an August 2015 Republican primary debate.
Despite Trump's comments, she continued gaining star power based on her refusal to back down from asking powerful figures difficult and, at times, controversial questions.
In January 2017, Kelly announced on the air that she would be leaving Fox News to "pursue a new challenge." In September of that year, she debuted her weekday show "Megyn Kelly Today" on NBC, securing an eye-popping $69 million contract for three years.
Kelly's ratings had struggled the first year her NBC show was on the air. But her defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes on air in October 2018 was the final straw.
Here's how she went from a small-town cheerleader to a leading voice in political journalism, to a daytime talk show host.
Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric that she didn't have much ambition back then. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was 15.
Sources: Elle Magazine and The Washington Post
Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.
Source: Elle Magazine
Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel & Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.
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Kelly quickly established herself as a leading voice in political journalism while at Fox. She provided wall-to-wall coverage of critical events like the 2013 government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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In one attention-grabbing interview, she asked Republican strategist Karl Rove an awkward question when during the 2012 election, when he was forecasting the numbers Republican candidate Mitt Romney needed to win the election: "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?"
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The music teacher, Don Sorel, passed away earlier this month.
“I’m in the middle of this joyful moment with Yates and [my husband Doug] shows me the [news] and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do? Am I going to ruin this moment? But he’s got to know. We have to tell them because all the boys are Zooming and they’re all on this group text where they text every 2 minutes. There’s no keeping it from him,’” Megyn said in a new interview with People.
“I couldn’t get it out without crying, and then he cried. We held each other,” she said.
Megyn opened up further about how she told Yates.
“I said, ‘I have something to tell you about Mr. Sorel.’ And I think maybe [Yates] was wondering if it was more good news because the last update had been good,” she said. “And then we said, ‘It’s bad news.’ And he just looked confused. And we were confused too.”
“You have to explain that doesn’t necessarily mean anything when it comes to this disease,” she added. “We talked about what was going to happen at school and they were going to honor him the next day and that the boys would probably be talking about it, and maybe we could write another note to Mr. Sorel’s now-widow, which we did.”
We’re sending our thoughts and condolences to Mr. Sorel‘s loved ones during this time.
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