Drudge: Megyn Kelly may jump to CNN


Fox News host Megyn Kelly is considering joining rival network CNN, according to The Drudge Report.

CNN President Jeff Zucker is actively pursuing Kelly to anchor either an 8 or 9 p.m. slot, Drudge reported.

{mosads}“He is moving the Himalayan Mountains to get her,” a “top insider” said. “But they are tripped up on money. He simply can’t pay her the $20 million a year Fox has on the table.”

Zucker would compensate Kelly’s salary with heavy promotion and synergy across all Time Warner networks besides CNN, according to a source involved in the proceedings.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” the source added. “She could even star in a movie at Warner Bros.”

Drudge said “The Kelly File” host is mulling whether she should leave Fox before her contract ends in July 2017.

Kelly is reportedly “despised” by her on-air colleagues, and opinions of her have deteriorated further after the release of her new book last month.

Drudge said Kelly refused to promote the book, “Settle for More,” on broadcasts with fellow Fox heavyweights Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.

Kelly’s snub implies she is considering a possible transfer to greener pastures, the report added, and she would potentially compete with O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” should she join CNN.

The Fox star revealed in her book last month that Roger Ailes, the former Fox News CEO, harassed her by repeatedly trying to kiss her. Kelly added Ailes suggested he would not renew her contract when she rejected his advances.

Ailes resigned as chairman and chief executive of the Fox News in July following allegations of sexual harassment from a former anchor for the network. Fox, on behalf of Ailes, settled with Gretchen Carlson for $20 million in September.

Ailes, who served as an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, has rejected Kelly’s accusations.

“I categorically deny the allegations Megyn Kelly makes about me,” he said in statement to The Washington Post last month. “My attorneys have restricted me from commenting further — so suffice it to say that no good deed goes unpunished.”

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