Veteran broadcast journalist Megyn Kelly is ending her 12-year career at Fox News for a new, high-profile job at NBC News.
During the United States election campaign, Ms Kelly challenged now president-elect Donald Trump on his statements about women.
Kelly's departure deals a major blow to Fox News, where her weeknight program "The Kelly File" was the second most popular show in all of cable news, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor".
"NYT media columnist Jim Rutenberg initially broke the news on Twitter, saying Kelly had "[decided] to leave Fox News for broad new role at NBC News". The wildcard in this is the daytime show, which according to the New York Times will be "a mix of news, interviews and panel-like discussions covering a range of issues, not only government and politics".
NBC said details on Kelly's duties will be announced in the coming months.
The Fox anchor also spent a considerable amount of time on her show pushing the idea that the Obama administration was somehow involved in voter intimidation efforts in 2008 involving a group called the New Black Panther Party, despite a conspicuous lack of evidence to that effect. "She's demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we're lucky to have her".
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Megyn Kelly became the most famous news broadcaster in the country in 2015 when Donald Trump accused her of having "blood coming out of her wherever". Sources predicted a hard period of sorting out the ramifications of her decision for both Kelly's new home and her alma mater.
Kelly's new gig is an ambitious offer from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to host a daytime news show, anchor a Sunday night news show, and play a role in special programming.
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Kelly found herself at the center of the national spotlight several times during the 2016 election. She said she had not "ruled anything out" in November.
"[Kelly's move] comes in the wake of her explosive accusations that former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her earlier in her career".
She was cast by Trump as his nemesis after the first GOP debate in which she asked him about labeling women as "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals".