There were lots of huge dollar sums swirling alongside rumors that Megyn Kelly might defect from Fox News. But the star host’s impending move to NBC News was reportedly determined not by money, but by flexibility. The 46-year-old chose NBC despite it not matching Fox’s $20 million per year bid because it offered her a daytime slot that would allow for more family time.
In a conversation with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women summit in 2014, Kelly chronicled how she’d moved from a career as a lawyer to journalism about a decade earlier—in part because the news industry offered more flexibility.
“I was burnt out,” she said of her legal career. “I was about eight years into it, and I realized I am more interesting than this and I am more interested than this.” The hours were horrendous, she said. “All my weekends, all my vacations got burned; overnights, 3 a.m. all the time.” She wanted more stability at home and at work: “I realized I could never have a full life with the life I was leading back then, with the profession that I was pursuing back then; there just wasn’t time for it. So I wound up going to a profession that does allow for more flexibility.”
Though her motivation was the same back then, the pay scale was a bit different. When she left her high-paying legal practice, it was for a TV job that paid $17,000 a year.
|Sparking a response|
|Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster says she is not stepping down and is characterizing calls for her to do so as “misogynistic.” She was elected last year and has been under intense scrutiny for a botched renewable energy plan, which could cost taxpayers more than 400 million pounds. “I’ve come through a lot worse than venomous attacks from my political opponents and I intend to continue to lead,” she said.|
|Take the day|
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|This one’s for the girls|
|U.K. House of Lords member Shami Chakrabarti, of the Labour party, is facing criticism for establishing a 500,000 pound scholarship fund at Essex University for female students that she says is aimed at eliminating “gender injustice.” Tory MP Philip Davies said that if said Chakrabarti really wanted to close the education gap, the fund “would focus almost entirely on helping white working-class boys,” since they are underrepresented at universities.|
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|Shoes to fill|
|Now that the speculation of Megyn Kelly’s next move is over, rumors about who will replace her at Fox News have started. Top contenders include Trish Regan, who currently hosts The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan on the Fox Business Network (FBN), Supreme Court reporter and America’s News Headquarters anchor Shannon Bream, FBN reporter and co-host of Outnumbered Sandra Smith, and America’s Newsroom co-anchor Martha MacCallum.|
|Out of fashion?|
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|Not letting it go|
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