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Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 @ 1:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 @ 3:50 PM
Popular Fox News host Megyn Kelly will be leaving the network for a new gig with NBC News, the NBCUniversal News Group confirmed Tuesday.
"Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor who has had an extraordinary career," NBCUniversal News Group chairman Andrew Lack said in a news release. "She's demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we're lucky to have her."
Friday will be Kelly's last day with Fox News, according to the network. Her contract with Fox News was set to expire next summer. The network did not announce her replacement.
In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Kelly wrote that she was "incredibly enriched for the experiences" she had at Fox News.
"While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge," she wrote. "I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, and especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters."
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, thanked Kelly for her years with the network in a statement.
"We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best," he said.
The move was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times. Citing unidentified sources briefed on the negotiations, The Times reported that Lack offered Kelly "a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network's special political programming and other big-event coverage."
The network confirmed that Kelly will anchor a new hourlong daytime program Monday through Friday and a new Sunday evening news magazine show. She will also contribute to breaking news, political and special events coverage.
Welcome @megynkelly! No disrespect to others, but hope you are already realizing, there's no place like NBC. Can't wait to work together— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 3, 2017
Details on the upcoming programs have not been announced, but NBC said additional information will be shared "in the coming months."
The switch leaves Fox News without its second-most-watched host, according to The Associated Press. Kelly's viewership is surpassed by only Bill O'Reilly.
Kelly joined Fox News in 2004 and most recently anchored "The Kelly File," one of the most consistently popular cable news shows.
Kelly played a behind-the-scenes role in the ouster last summer of Fox News founder Richard Ailes, who was accused of sexual harassment, according to The AP.
Kelly was targeted by Donald Trump during the race to the White House after he claimed that she "bombed" after a contentious back-and-forth between the two during the first Republican presidential debate.
Wow, @megynkelly really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:46 PM
SNOHOMISH, Wash. — A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the child was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish, Washington, deputies said.
Crews responded after reports of a person under a lawnmower.
Deputies said the was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:29 PM
— “The Cosby Show” reruns are gone from Atlanta-based Bounce TV following guilty verdicts returned today by a Pennsylvania jury.
“Effective immediately, Bounce is removing ‘The Cosby Show’ from our schedule,” the network said in a statement to media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.
Bounce had yanked them before Cosby’s 2017 trial, amid mounting allegations, but had returned them to its lineup.
In a 2016 statement the network said:
“Following the results of a qualitative research study which indicated demand from a vast majority of Bounce viewers to see ‘The Cosby Show’ on television again, the network has made the decision to begin airing the series (in December 2016). While we take very seriously the accusations against Bill Cosby, our research showed that African-American consumers see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable. Research and direct viewer feedback were the deciding factors in the network’s decision to move forward. The desire among African Americans to see the show on TV again is being reinforced on social media based upon overwhelmingly positive viewer response since the announcement.”
Here’s the announcement Bounce posted at the time.
That’s all over now. The network does still show “Cosby” spinoff “A Different World” on its roster.
Jurors in Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges on Thursday returned guilty verdicts. Cosby, 80, was allowed to leave the courthouse on $1 million bond and faces sentencing at a time yet to be announced. He faces up to 10 years on each of the three counts of which he was convicted.
Cosby has faced mounting accusations from multiple women; this trial involved victim Andrea Constand, who was a Temple University employee she said Cosby assaulted her at his home in 2004. Media outlets generally don’t identify victims of sexual assault, but Constand and other Cosby accusers have come forward to share their stories and did not request anonymity.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
— A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
— A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun.
At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun.
The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.
After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire.
The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said.
She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before.