Megyn Kelly Explains Why She Left Fox News

Megyn Kelly Explains Why She Left Fox News


So you were doing– you were
on Fox for 12 years, right? Yeah. And then you decided,
no more of that. Was there a particular– were
you kind of, for the few years leading up to that, going,
I’m going to quit soon? Or was there something
that made you want to stop? Well, I had practiced law
for nine and a half years, and decided, that’s done. And then got into
journalism, because I wanted to report the news. And I did that for
many years at Fox. I covered the Supreme
Court for them, and I did legal commentary. And honestly, it wasn’t until
I got my job in primetime that the coverage
became all political. And I was never a
political person. I wasn’t raised in a
political household. And it was just– it became clear to me that it
wasn’t what I wanted to do. That’s not who I am. And then Donald Trump has a
way of clarifying one’s life choices. And that was true
in my case too. And really, just as I was
sort of wondering whether this was where I wanted to be and
how I wanted to live, you know, the universe came and
sort of shone a light, and it was clear to me
what I wanted to do. So, you mean, when he was
tweeting all that about you, is that what guided you
to get away from that? The tweets? It wasn’t just the tweets. But you know, the country’s
so divided right now. And it’s so political. It’s like politics
has become like race. You can’t discuss it at all. And that’s true on cable news. Cable news, you know, Bill
O’Reilly, of all people, told me when I got to
cable news primetime that cable news
primetime is a snake pit. And that’s how it felt. And I didn’t want to
be in the snake pit. I just wanted to cover the news. But it has a way of pulling
you in over and over and over. And then that becomes your life. And this wasn’t
the life I wanted. And then the boycott,
I mean, I’m reading, everybody should boycott me,
which they did not, by the way. My ratings only went up
during my year of Trump. But he– [APPLAUSE] He was very focused. He was very focused,
and I just– it was just a clarification and
an affirmation that I did not want to live like this.

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