Fox News host Megyn Kelly's contract is not up until 2017, but that isn't stopping her from starting the negotiations right now, in the media.
Kelly has kicked off early contract negotiation, using a Vanity Fair article to let Fox News know that she is thinking about leaving the network.
It seems the proper thing to do when asked if you're staying at Fox News?.... would to have said, "you know, that is still a longtime away, I'm happy at Fox and it is way to far off to discuss it."
That is not what Kelly said. In fact she basically put Fox News on notice that she is looking elsewhere and for a new role.
Here is a portion of what she told Vanity Fair:
Your contract is up after the election. Have you decided if you’re staying at Fox News?
You might not stay?
Never say never. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve had a great 12 years here, and I really like working for Roger Ailes. I really like my show, and I love my team. But you know, there’s a lot of brain damage that comes from the job. There was probably less brain damage when I worked in the afternoon. I was less well known. I had far less conflict in my life. I also have three kids who are soon going to be school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I come to work at 3:30. I like to see my children. Having said that, my boss has been good about working with me to make me happy–he knows I’m a hard worker. I’ve had few problems here where I couldn’t talk to him and say, “Can we work something out?,” and come away happy.
Would you consider your own talk show?
I’ve thought about that. I don’t know what the market looks like for that in 2016. Many people have tried and failed. I do love covering the news. I just don’t think that’s the perfect thing for me.
What about co-hosting a morning show like “Today”?
You have to wake up so early. The alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. When I did “America’s Newsroom,” which started at 9 a.m., I remember saying to the makeup artist at the time, ‘If you could only know the afternoon me, you’d like me so much better.’ Listen, this is a fickle business. What if they called me and fired me tomorrow? I have to keep my options open.