Inside Megyn Kelly’s life after her ‘Today’ exit: She’s ‘true to herself’


Megyn Kelly is ready for her next chapter. The broadcast journalist, who was fired from NBC’s Today show in October 2018 over controversial comments she made, knows that the future has plenty in store for her.

“Megyn learned a lot from her time at NBC. Anytime you have a passionate, driven soul like her, there may be times within the context they say or do something that offends people without them even realizing it,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “Megyn is the first to stop and turn around and apologize.”

The former Megyn Kelly Today host, 48, was fired three months ago after saying, “You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face. That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.”

Although the Fox News alum apologized for her remarks shortly after, an insider told Us at the time that she was still “forced out by management.”

“Megyn is bent on learning from the NBC situation, ready to fight another day in applying her talents, enduring values and experiences to make real progress in this polarized world,” adds the insider. “Being true to herself is important to her.”

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Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly
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Megyn Kelly and her family

The daytime host also prioritizes spending quality time with her husband, Douglas Brunt, and kids Edward, 9, Yardley, 7, and Thatcher, 5. “Over the holidays, Megyn and her family spent three weeks at the Big Sky Resort in Montana. They had a great trip. They spent three weeks doing nothing but laughing, throwing snowballs and having a blast,” notes the source. “It was nice for all of them to really get away from it all, especially New York City.”

During their snowy getaway, the family of five “went skiing and sledding” during the day and “made hot chocolate” and “played board games” at night.  

Adds the insider, “Megyn is devoted to her husband and children. They’re the most important thing in her life and being away with them was really important.”

Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric last year that at the time, she didn’t have much ambition. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly’s father died of a heart attack when she was 15.

Source: The Washington Post

Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.

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Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.

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Kelly joined Fox News one year later, in 2004. Former CNN President Jonathan Klein told The New York Times in 2015 that he regretted not hiring Kelly when she was starting out because she was “the one talent you’d want to have from somewhere else.”

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Kelly quickly established herself as a leading voice in political journalism while at Fox. She provided wall-to-wall coverage of critical events like the 2013 government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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She also gained recognition for her take-no-prisoners approach to interviewing politicians and high-level officials from both sides of the aisle.

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In one attention-grabbing interview, she asked Republican strategist Karl Rove an awkward question when during the 2012 election, when he was forecasting the numbers Republican candidate Mitt Romney needed to win the election: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”

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Her tenure at the network was not without controversy, though. Kelly attracted sharp criticism in 2013 following a segment during which she told the “kids watching at home” that “Santa just is white” and that “Jesus was a white man, too.”

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Kelly was roundly criticized for the segment’s historical inaccuracy — Santa Claus can be traced back to a real-life monk named St. Nicholas who was from Turkey — and for its racial undertones.

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The segment was lampooned by late-night political satire shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

“Who are you actually talking to?” Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked after playing Kelly’s segment, during which she addressed “all you kids watching at home.”

“Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?” Stewart asked, drawing cheers from the audience. 

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It wasn’t all rosy for the Fox News anchor, though. Kelly told late night host Jimmy Fallon a few months later that she could “no longer go on Twitter” because of the harassment she experienced from Trump and his fans.

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The incident, and Kelly’s pushback against it, made her something of a cultural icon during the election. She was even a featured guest during the 2016 “Women In The World” summit hosted by Katie Couric.

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While other network powerhouses like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly leaped to Ailes’ defense, Kelly backed Carlson and even encouraged another female Fox News anchor to speak out about the alleged harassment she’d faced from Ailes.

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Kelly later wrote about her own experience with Ailes. At one point, he was “trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips,” she wrote in her book, “Settle For More.”

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After Carlson made her allegations against Ailes public, the network approached Kelly several times to defend the CEO, she wrote, but “there was no way I was going to lie to protect him.”

Source: “Settle For More” via The Daily Beast

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Throughout the next few months, the network saw a string of high-profile departures that began with Ailes stepping down, host Greta van Susteren leaving to take a job at MSNBC, and finally, Kelly announcing her own departure to NBC.

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Her new, multi-year contract with the network gives Kelly several prominent roles, The New York Times reported earlier this year: she will host a daytime news and talk show, a Sunday night news program, and she will take point on covering prominent breaking stories and political events for the network.

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She also interviewed Alex Jones, an alt-right icon, strong supporter of Donald Trump, and the founder of far-right website InfoWars.

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Meanwhile, NBC has yet to officially announce Kelly’s replacement[s] for the third hour of Today. However, NBC meteorologist Dylan Dreyer sparked speculation that she and fellow meteorologist Al Roker, as well as journalists Craig Melvin and Sheinelle Jones, may be taking the spot after posting tweeting on Monday, January 7, “Hope you don’t mind these faces! You’ll be seeing a lot of them at 9am.”

As for Kelly, the political commentator exclusively told Us in September that she had no intentions of leaving her Today show, but if it were to end, she would “find another way of reinventing myself and doing something that resonates with me, something that I’m good at and something that still allows me to raise my own family.”

With reporting by Jennifer Peros 

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