Social media was lighting up with the news Tuesday that Megyn Kelly is leaving her position as a Fox News host and will be joining NBC News.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Kelly said, “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.”
“Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life. Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I’ve had. I have agreed to join NBC News, where I will be launching a new daytime show Monday through Friday, along with a Sunday evening news magazine program,” she wrote.
However, many people who responded to Kelly’s Facebook post said they weren’t sad to see her leave Fox, with large numbers of them citing her treatment of President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign.
“You betrayed your viewers. You disrespected our President-elect. Worst of all, you misrepresented who you really were all these years. With all of the energy I can muster, good riddance. You deserve a second rate news program,” wrote Brandon Stanley, who received more than 3,900 likes for his comment.
Sharlene Basch, another user upset with Kelly, said: “I liked you when you were first on FNC. Then, you got too big for your britches and I only watched you occasionally. FNC has many very qualified people to take your place so, your leaving will not be a loss to FNC. I never watch NBC, ever, so, you are lost and gone forever to me !!!!!!!!!!!!”
The same was true on Twitter.
@megynkelly This is a great day for all Megyn. You’re at a Liberal news station and we no longer have to hear your anti-Trump crap on Fox.
— Deplorable EdWortham (@EdWorthy10) January 3, 2017
@megynkelly I used to think you were great, but then your ego grew enormously, you stopped respecting guest & were condescending and rude.
— Laura 🇺🇸 🇷🇺 🇮🇱 (@horserider2244) January 3, 2017
— SARAH (@slafontaine1982) January 3, 2017
Things weren’t much better for Kelly with liberals, some of whom chastised her for comments she had made on Fox.
Tyler Coates, culture editor of Esquire magazine, accused Kelly of racism.
Is Megyn Kelly going to be less of a racist on NBC?
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) January 3, 2017
Slate Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie expressed similar sentiments.
I wonder if Megyn Kelly will bring her obsession with the New Black Panthers and the “real racism” to NBC News?
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) January 3, 2017
Some, however, wished Kelly well and said they appreciated her work at Fox.
@megynkelly good luck Megyn, you were probably the only person in the media (or politics for that matter) to land any punches on Trump
— Ken Mc Fadden (@unspeakable28) January 3, 2017
@megynkelly Thank you for the great years! Looking forward to watching you on NBC!
— Chris Campanelli (@ChrisCamps76) January 3, 2017
Kelly is set to anchor a one-hour daytime program weekdays on NBC and contribute to the network’s breaking news coverage. She will also host a new Sunday evening magazine show.
“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” Andrew Lack, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, said in a statement. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
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