As the hottest property at Fox News and arguably the highest-profile media personality of the presidential election cycle — and with her FNC contract set to expire in July 2017 — Megyn Kelly has been the focus of a torrent of rumors about an impending bidding war among major news outlets.
But Vanity Fair reports that the Megyn watch has taken what the publication calls “an unexpected turn,” with would-be suitors falling by the wayside and Fox News now standing as the only remaining viable market for Kelly’s services. FNC has reportedly offered her more than $20 million to remain at the top-rated cable news channel.
Among those who appear to have dropped out of the running, according to Vanity Fair, are Disney/ABC, where TV Group President Ben Sherwood was said to be at the top of the list of suitors, and CNN, where the prospect of a nightly head-to-head ratings war between Kelly and FNC’s Bill O’Reilly reportedly had executives salivating.
Vanity Fair quotes a CNN insider saying of Kelly, “Of course we would love to have her.” But the insider adds that, considering her price tag, landing her “is not something we are seriously considering.”
An insider at ABC added: “I don’t believe anyone is pursuing her other than Fox at this point.” Meanwhile, a CBS source said that network is not making an offer for Kelly.
However, a source close to Kelly indicated discussions were continuing with executives from Fox rivals.