Acting Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch recently said that while Fox would like to keep Megyn Kelly, his network has “a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for that spot.”
Kelly was negotiating for a contract with Fox News and could be one of the most high-priced free agents in media if she doesn’t get it.
Murdoch made the comments in an interview with The Wall Street Journal posted after Kelly’s contentious interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich where she accused Donald Trump of being a “sexual predator.”
“I am sick and tired of people like you using that language. That is inflammatory, that is not true,” Gingrich said during the interview. “When you use those words, you take a position, and it is very unfair of you to do that, Megyn.”
“I think your defensiveness on this may speak volumes, sir,” Kelly told Gingrich. “If Mr. Trump is a sexual predator, then it is a big story. And what we saw on that tape was Trump saying himself he likes to grab women by their genitals and kiss them against their will. That’s what we saw. And then we saw 10 women come forward after he denied actually doing it.”
“You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” Gingrich countered.
Watch the heated interview here:
Now it seems as if Megyn Kelly is in trouble.
“Mr. Murdoch said in an interview that she is important to the network and he hopes to get a contract signed ‘very soon,’ but noted, ‘it’s up to her,’” The Wall Street Journal reported.
“We have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for her spot,” Murdoch added.
This isn’t good for Kelly. Especially since she expects to command up to $20 million in free agency.