Fox News’ Megyn Kelly tweeted a photo last night that has already fueled some speculation about what her next steps may be:
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 28, 2016
Yes, that’s Kelly and Fox’s Dana Perino with CNN’s Don Lemon at the CNN Grill after the Democratic National Convention last night.
Oh, and there was also this:
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) July 28, 2016
Now, in a vacuum, a TV news personality interacting with rivals from another network wouldn’t be particularly shocking. It happens all the time.
But considering recent events at Fox News, it’s certainly worth noting.
Earlier this year, Kelly said she’s keeping her options open and could conceivably leave Fox News. And even though she’s criticized the network in the past, joining CNN would not necessarily be out of the question for Kelly.
And then there’s that whole Roger Ailes fallout. Ailes resigned last week amid a Fox News internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. One of the women who spoke up was Kelly herself, and apparently the atmosphere at Fox has been “icy” in the past week.
That is according to anonymous sources who spoke to The New York Times about what the mood has been like at Fox in the past week amid their big convention coverage:
Megyn Kelly and her co-hosts, including Bret Baier and Brit Hume, have not been speaking during commercial breaks, according to two people with direct knowledge of the anchors’ interactions.
Some Fox employees have told the Times that Fox is splitting into factions:
Still, employees say there is a continuing split inside the network, with one camp of old-guard Fox News loyalists — some of whom owe their careers to Mr. Ailes — upset at his ouster. Some are resentful toward Ms. Kelly for cooperating with lawyers brought in by the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, to investigate Mr. Ailes’s behavior. (About a dozen women have reported improper behavior by Mr. Ailes to investigators.)
Another contingent inside Fox News is equally dismayed by the responses of stars like Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greta Van Susteren and Jeanine Pirro, who were quick to publicly defend Mr. Ailes after he was accused of harassment in a suit filed by the former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
Kelly herself has reportedly expressed how “disappointed” she was with her fellow female colleagues who spoke out before letting more facts come out.
UPDATE – 07/28/16 – 11:06 p.m.: And just like clockwork a Tweet that might as well say, “nothing to see here, move along.”
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) July 29, 2016
[image via screengrab/Megyn Kelly]
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