Megyn Kelly was born on November 18, in Champaign, Illinois, USA as Megyn Marie Kelly. She is a producer and writer, known for Embeds (), Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly () and The Kelly File (). She has been married to Douglas Brunt since March 1, They have three children. She was previously married to Dr. Daniel Ronald Kendall.
|Spouse||Douglas Brunt (1 March - present) (3 children) |
Dr. Daniel Ronald Kendall (29 September - ) (divorced)
|Parents|| Kelly, Edward |
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‘Bombshell’ Raises a Question: What’s Megyn Kelly Up to Anyway?
A year after the anchor was ousted from NBC, Charlize Theron brings her back as someone who helped take on Fox News from the inside.
Megyn Kelly last appeared on NBC more than a year ago, trying to contain an uproar over on-air remarks about blackface that ultimately brought her tenure at the network to an abrupt, unhappy end.
In a few weeks’ time, she will make a return — of sorts.
On Jan. 5, NBC will broadcast the Golden Globes, where Charlize Theron will walk the red carpet as a leading nominee for her portrayal of Ms. Kelly in the movie “Bombshell,” a dramatized account of the Fox News chairman Roger Ailes’s downfall that puts Ms. Kelly center stage.
Viewers will be treated to clips of Ms. Theron’s uncanny rendition of Ms. Kelly — the actress captures, with startling precision, the vocal tics and lawyerly cadences of the former Fox News anchor — in a performance that generated awards buzz even before the film opened on Friday in New York and Los Angeles. (Its wide release begins next Friday.)
But so far, Ms. Kelly has shown little interest in weighing in on her big-screen doppelgänger.
She did not participate in the making of the film — which was directed by Jay Roach from a script by Charles Randolph — and she and Ms. Theron have never spoken. Ms. Kelly attended a screening of “Bombshell” in New York last month, according to two people familiar with the event, but made no public remarks about it.
Ms. Kelly declined to comment for this article. On Friday, in an Instagram post, she wrote that watching “Bombshell” was “an incredibly emotional experience for me,” and that she had seen the film “once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made.”
Her quietude may be strategic. Behind the scenes, Ms. Kelly is pondering a route back into the national media, according to several people who requested anonymity in describing private conversations with the anchor.
In recent weeks, Ms. Kelly has begun to re-emerge. After months of communicating primarily via Twitter, she appeared on Tucker Carlson’s prime-time show in October — to the chagrin of many of Mr. Carlson’s Fox News colleagues — and has posted two self-produced interviews to her Instagram account, including one with the House minority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy.
Still, these appearances are a far cry from Ms. Kelly’s previous perch as a daily presence in American living rooms, first in prime time on Fox News and then, less successfully, in the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s “Today.” On Fox News, she regularly drew two million to three million viewers a night; her Instagram videos have received a small fraction of that.
Ms. Kelly’s portrayal in “Bombshell” may return the anchor to public consciousness, and the depiction is, on balance, a positive one. Ms. Theron’s Kelly is a tack-sharp anchor who presses Donald J. Trump on his sexism during a major debate, puts up with verbal abuse from right-wing trolls (and newsroom colleagues) and ultimately comes forward about being harassed by Mr. Ailes, a testimonial that seals the once-invincible TV king’s fate.
But like the real-life Ms. Kelly, the movie version has already proved divisive.
In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis described the onscreen Ms. Kelly as “a warrior” who “could lead an army or maybe a rebellion, if she chose,” even as the character hesitates between principle and ambition. (The film also dings Ms. Kelly for lobbing softball questions at Mr. Trump in a prime-time interview.) But Ms. Dargis, as well as critics at BuzzFeed News and The Guardian, also faulted the filmmakers for playing down Ms. Kelly’s role in Mr. Ailes’s success; after all, she was a willing star on his network for years.
Her rocky tenure at NBC — where she clashed with colleagues and drew low ratings — has dimmed the likelihood of a return to broadcast television. Instead, Ms. Kelly has discussed potential jobs in digital news, including conversations with podcast production companies, according to the people familiar with her thinking.
Ms. Kelly, the people said, believes she can find a niche as an equal-opportunity skeptic amid a divided news media. She has told friends that she did not feel comfortable at her previous employers. “I felt like the Rachel Maddow of Fox News and the Sean Hannity of NBC,” she has said.
Ms. Kelly is not currently restricted from working for another outlet, and she is still collecting the remainder of her roughly $30 million exit agreement with NBC, according to two people familiar with the terms of her deal. Other people who have spoken with her say they do not expect an imminent career announcement.
“She will be an asset to any television (or other) network who is seeking an exceptional journalist who has a gift of finding the right angle to a story or interview,” said Eric Bolling, a former Fox News personality who now hosts a national affairs show for Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Any attempt to revive her fortunes, however, will face resistance.
It was nearly three years ago that Ms. Kelly made her splashy, $69 million deal with NBC, which gave her a Sunday night newsmagazine show as well as a daytime slot and made her one of the richest personalities in television news. The move went sideways in a hurry.
An early broadcast of “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” sparked criticism after she interviewed the Infowars leader Alex Jones, and the show failed to find an audience. The sunny environment of morning television proved an odd fit for Ms. Kelly’s prosecutorial persona; the anchor initially delivered poor ratings and caused a stir after she offended a guest, Jane Fonda, by asking about her plastic surgery; she later assailed Ms. Fonda on-air as “Hanoi Jane.”
Since “Megyn Kelly Today” was canceled in October , viewership for the hour has gone up 9 percent, according to Nielsen, a noticeable uptick when ratings across the board have gone down.
All the while, Ms. Kelly was attacked from the left for her comments over the years at Fox News, most prominently a segment where she insisted that Santa Claus is white. (The Santa uproar is mentioned several times in “Bombshell.”) Last fall, she stunned co-workers by musing on-air that it was once appropriate for white people to dress up in blackface for Halloween. Days later, her show was canceled.
Ms. Kelly believed that NBC executives had used the blackface uproar as a pretext to fire her because they were uncomfortable with her reporting on the network’s own harassment scandal, involving the “Today” host Matt Lauer, who had been fired after allegations of sexual misconduct in November On Twitter, she continues to suggest a double standard: Last week, she posted a video from an earlys episode of Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” in which Jimmy Kimmel, now the host of ABC’s late-night program, wore blackface to portray the basketball player Karl Malone.
“America’s late night darling Jimmy Kimmel? Who every Hollywood star cozies up to?” Ms. Kelly tweeted. “The very same stars who then lecture the rest of us on woke culture? Whatever could he have done??”
Her attack on Mr. Kimmel is typical of the online persona Ms. Kelly has cultivated over the past year. In between updates on her family life in Manhattan and a newly adopted dog, Ms. Kelly has aimed spiky commentary at the mainstream media, including former NBC colleagues like Seth Meyers and the “Today” host Craig Melvin.
On Mr. Carlson’s show in October, Ms. Kelly faulted NBC for failing to commission an independent investigation of its newsroom culture. Her appearance was a hit: More than four million people tuned in, higher than Mr. Carlson’s average audience and making it the most-watched program in all of cable that night.
Her efforts since have not had the same reach. Ms. Kelly joined Instagram last month to promote an interview she secured with a young TV producer involved in a dust-up at ABC News over the network’s decision, several years ago, not to air an investigative report about Jeffrey Epstein. The interview has been viewed about , times on YouTube.
On Mr. Carlson’s show, Ms. Kelly said she was relishing spending time with her young children. But her comments suggested that “Bombshell,” and Ms. Theron’s portrayal of her, might not be the final word.
“I’ll get back on that horse soon, because this has been fun,” Ms. Kelly told Mr. Carlson, smiling. “I’ll probably get back out there.”
Nicole Sperling contributed reporting.
How Megyn Kelly rose from small-town cheerleader to Fox News' star anchor to losing her daytime talk show at NBC
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NBC canceled Megyn Kelly's morning show after sluggish ratings and controversial comments she made about blackface.
Kelly, the former star anchor of Fox News' primetime lineup, has long been a staple in the media universe, but she became a household name after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump hurled what many described as a sexist attack against her when she confronted him about his treatment of women during an August Republican primary debate.
Despite Trump's comments, she continued gaining star power based on her refusal to back down from asking powerful figures difficult and, at times, controversial questions.
In January , Kelly announced on the air that she would be leaving Fox News to "pursue a new challenge." In September of that year, she debuted her weekday show "Megyn Kelly Today" on NBC, securing an eye-popping $69 million contract for three years.
Kelly's ratings had struggled the first year her NBC show was on the air. But her defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes on air in October was the final straw.
Here's how she went from a small-town cheerleader to a leading voice in political journalism, to a daytime talk show host.
Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric that she didn't have much ambition back then. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was
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Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in
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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 quickly established herself as a leading voice in political journalism while at Fox. She provided wall-to-wall coverage of critical events like the government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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In one attention-grabbing interview, she asked Republican strategist Karl Rove an awkward question when during the 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?"
Megyn Kelly‘s fate with NBC will reportedly be decided Friday — or maybe it’s been decided? — but either way speculation is rampant and she’s been trending for days. Or at least “Megan Kelly” has been.
People searching for the latest news on the TV personality, who found herself at the center of a controversy Tuesday for defending blackface while discussing controversial Halloween costumes (she later apologized), have been misspelling her name when searching for her, according to Google Trends.
Kelly discussed the origins of her creatively spelled name with the website NameCandy in The name Megan and variants like Meghan have long been extremely popular in the United States, especially in the ’80s and early ’90s, but Megyn has never been, per the Social Security Administration’s records.
“‘Megyn’ is the spelling on my birth certificate,” Kelly told the website said in “My parents suspected I would be a boy, and had chosen two potential boy names for me. Turned out they were wrong, and needed a girl name pronto. My mom had first heard the name [Megan] a week or so before I was born — while popular today, it really wasn’t in the ’70s. They both liked it, but hadn’t given any thought to spelling it and, on the fly, they went with what turns out to be the Welsh spelling, Megyn.”
The journalist, who got her start as an attorney, said that when she was “a little girl,” born in Illinois and then raised in upstate New York, “I hated the non-traditional spelling because I wanted the monogrammed mugs, plaques, and other things with the name on them — always spelled ‘Megan.’ Now I like the unusual spelling, and some of our viewers tell me they’ve actually adopted it for their own little ‘Megyns.'”
This isn’t the first time people have been confused about the Megyn versus Megan thing. In , a Pittsburgh woman named Megan Kelly made headlines after she started getting an influx of emails meant for the then-Fox News host. The woman said she was getting one to two emails a week requesting autographed pictures or political analysis (when they weren’t hate letters) and it picked up after Kelly moderated the first GOP primary debate in August of that year.
A decision about Kelly’s future with the network, which secured a 3-year deal with her in January for a reported $69 million, is expected on Friday (though there is a lot of unofficial gossip that she’s out). Kelly secured top Hollywood litigator, Bryan Freedman, to represent her. NBC has not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment and has only said, “Given the circumstances, Megyn Kelly Today will be on tape the rest of the week.”
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Megyn Kelly was the anchor of the Fox News television program 'The Kelly File,' before hosting 'Megyn Kelly Today' on NBC. The morning news program was canceled in October after Kelly made a controversial comment that went viral.
Who Is Megyn Kelly?
Megyn Kelly began her career as a lawyer before changing course to become an assignment reporter in That same year, she was hired by the Fox News Channel as a Washington, D.C. correspondent. Quickly establishing herself as a competent reporter who was unafraid of asking difficult questions, Kelly catapulted to the media outlet's center stage. Kelly became co-anchor of Americas Newsroom in , anchor of America Live in and anchor of The Kelly File in The Kelly File became one of the highest-rated cable news programs on television. In , she left Fox to host Megyn Kelly Today on NBC, though the show was canceled in the fall of following a controversial segment.
Early Life and Ambitions
Megyn Marie Kelly was born in Champaign, Illinois, on November 18, The youngest of three children, she was raised in the town of DeWitt, New York, before her family moved to Delmar, near Albany. Kelly attended Bethlehem Central High School, where she was involved in athletics and was captain of her cheerleading squad. When she was 15 years old, her father passed away from a sudden heart attack.
Following her high school graduation in , Kelly attended Syracuse University. After being turned down by the school of public communications, she chose to study political science instead of journalism and earned her bachelors degree in She then enrolled at the Albany Law School and edited the Albany Law Review, which allowed her to serve on a panel that reviewed sexual harassment allegations against faculty members. When she graduated with honors in , she envisioned becoming a prosecutor in the district attorney's office. Instead, she found work as an associate with the corporate law firm Bickel & Brewer and relocated to Chicago in
From Law to Journalism
In Chicago, Kelly met medical student Dan Kendall and married him in September She also continued along her legal career path, becoming a corporate litigator at Jones Day, where she would work for nearly a decade. However, when her husband was hired by Johns Hopkins Hospital in , the couple relocated to the Washington, D.C. area.
Kelly had begun to question her choice of careers and, with help from a friend, she cut a TV news demo tape and began cold-calling station managers. She returned to her earlier ambitions to work as a journalist when the ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. hired her as a freelance assignment reporter. Kelly quickly established herself on the D.C. journalism scene by covering the elections and the Supreme Court nomination hearings for ABC.
That same year, she jumped to the national stage as a Washington correspondent for Fox News. It would prove to be an important step on her way to becoming one of the countrys most popular television journalists.
The National Stage
In , Kelly and her husband divorced and Fox News sent her to New York City to co-anchor Americas Newsroom with Bill Hemmer. The show featured a segment called Kellys Court, during which she drew on her legal expertise to analyze news stories. In , Kelly married Internet-security executive and novelist Douglas Brunt. In the coming years, the couple would have three children together: Yates, Yardley and Thatcher.
But motherhood would do nothing to slow Kellys progress, and in , she was chosen to head the Fox News program America Live. On that show, Kelly established herself as a competent anchor who was unafraid to challenge her guests with difficult questions. After taking maternity leave, Kelly returned to Fox to anchor the newly created Kelly File, during which she covered such major news events as the Boston Marathon Bombing, Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and the Duke University lacrosse rape case.
Donald Trump Debacle
Already a national name, Kelly achieved a new level of fame when she challenged presidential hopeful Donald Trump during the August GOP debate by asking him to explain sexist comments he had made about women in the past. Trump was outraged by her question, and after the debate, he infamously retaliated by calling Kelly overrated, as well as crazy, angry and a bimbo. He also went on CNN and said blood was coming out of her eyes and blood coming out of her wherever. Prior to this incident, Kelly said Trump had tried to woo her on multiple occasions for positive coverage of his campaign.
"This is actually one of the untold stories of the campaign, Ms. Kelly writes in her book Settle for More. I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage. Many reporters have told me that Trump worked hard to offer them something fabulous from hotel rooms to rides on his
Despite Trump's mistreatment of Kelly, Fox News did not come to her aid. In fact, CEO Roger Ailes had a friendly relationship with Trump. The two something moguls would both be accused of sexual harassment from various women, and Kelly would eventually reveal that she, too, had been one of Ailes' victims, alongside Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson, who was the first woman to come out publicly against Ailes.
Move to NBC
During her tenure at Fox, Kelly raised eyebrows with her assertions about the whiteness of Jesus and Santa Claus and her rejection of the label "feminist," while also irking some of Foxs typically conservative viewership with her vocal support of same-sex marriage. However, despite these controversies, Kelly became one of the most popular news journalists on television, surpassing Fox News colleague Bill OReilly's ranking among younger viewers. She was featured in cover stories for magazines such as Vanity Fair and Variety, and in , TIME magazine included her on its list of the Most Influential People in the World. In , she released her memoir Settle for More.
In January , Kelly announced that she was leaving Fox to join NBC News to host her own daytime news program, anchor a Sunday night news show and contribute to the network's breaking news, political and special event coverage. Kelly posted about the move on Facebook: "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."
'Megyn Kelly Today' and Blackface Controversy
NBC debuted the morning show Megyn Kelly Today in September , but the host got off to a rocky start when early guest Jane Fonda chafed at a question about plastic surgery, and she never quite found her footing in her new home.
On October 23, , Kelly made a controversial comment about people who wear Blackface makeup on Halloween during Megyn Kelly Today. What is racist? she asked. 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 okay when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character.
The comment quickly went viral and despite Kelly's apology, NBC canceled her show two days later. In January , it was announced that the two sides had negotiated her departure from the network.
Kelly kept a low profile over the following months, before resurfacing in October on Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss NBC's handling of sexual assault allegations against former anchor Matt Lauer. After joining Instagram in November, she promptly posted an interview with a recently fired CBS employee who was accused of leaking a "hot mic" moment of ABC's Amy Robach to the right-wing activist group Project Veritas.
Later in the year, Kelly was to be portrayed by Charlize Theron in Bombshell, a drama about the culture of harassment and secrecy under Ailes during Kelly's time at Fox News.
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