Fox News is moving popular daytime anchor and commentator Megyn Kelly to its primetime lineup when she returns from maternity leave, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes announced Tuesday (July 3). The network also announced that it is signing long-term contracts with Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, Bret Baier, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren.
“Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filed and surpassed each role we have given her at the network,” says Ailes. “Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business.”
Kelly adds, “Roger Ailes hired me nine years ago when I was new to this business and he had little other than instinct to suggest it might work out. I was grateful to him then, remain so today, and am excited for this next opportunity.”
Kelly has anchored “America Live” since February 2010. She also covered the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions and moderated two GOP presidential debates during the Republican primary. What exactly she will be doing in primetime is yet to be announced, as a new schedule from Fox News is forthcoming.