Megyn Kelly Reveals the Real Reason She Left Fox News

September 22, 2017Sep 22, 2017

In a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres, Megyn Kelly opened up about why she left Fox News.

After she got her job in primetime and began covering the 2016 election, Kelly became bogged down in criticism by then-candidate Donald Trump and conservative Fox viewers. Her negative coverage of the President of the United States, accompanied with her championing of feminism, made her an easy target for Trump and his voters. 

But this isn't the only reason why she left Fox News. Rather, she left for two reasons: 1) Donald Trump and 2) the "snakepit" of primetime television.

“Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one’s life choices,” she explained. “Just as I was sort of wondering if [primetime news] was where I wanted to be and how I wanted to live, the universe came and shone a light, and it was clear to me what I wanted to do.”

She continued, “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.”

Trump's controversial tweets about Kelly — accompanied by the negative tweets and comments aimed at her by Trump supporters — were clarifying. They made her realize that primetime news coverage wasn't for her and that she didn't want to be in such an intense and hostile environment. 

She described the environment as a "snakepit." Once you go into primetime, she says, you become an instant target, and gone are the quiet days of simple news reporting. 

You can watch the full interview at the video below. 

Kelly officially left Fox News in early January of this year. Since leaving the station, she has been hired to fill a new daytime slot with NBC for her show, "Megyn Kelly Today," which will premiere at 9 am next Monday. She has been appearing on interviews to promote the show. 

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