"My colleagues are like a second family to me. So I will miss them, and this show, and you. And I hope our human connection continues, albeit over a different line."
Fox News host Megyn Kelly ended her show, The Kelly File, Tuesday night, by addressing her upcoming exit for a post at NBC.
"Finally tonight, a personal and professional note from me to you," she began her signoff. "After more than a dozen years at Fox News, I have decided to pursue a new challenge. This was a tough decision for me because I love this show, our staff, my crew, my colleagues here at Fox and you, all of you. Those who write me the lovely hand-written notes asking about my kids, and even those who very rarely complain on Twitter about our coverage after a show or a presidential debate," she joked.
Her move, reported earlier on Tuesday, came after a long period of speculation about her future at the network. Her upcoming role at NBC will include a daytime slot as well as a primetime window on Sunday nights for a newsmagazine. She will also cover breaking news for the network.
She explained during her show on Tuesday that her decision was made partly in order to spend more time with her family, citing the need for more "human connection." "The truth is I need more of that in my life, in particular when it comes to my children, who are 7, 5 and 3."
Kelly has spoken about the need for a more reliable work-life balance, telling THR in October, “I have these three little people who need me and who I really love and like to spend time with and the current schedule I’m on is not ideal for a mother of young children."
"So I’ll be leaving Fox News at the week’s end and starting a new adventure, joining the journalists at NBC News, who I deeply admire," Kelly said. "I am very grateful for NBC for this opportunity, and I am deeply thankful to Fox News for the wonderful 12 years I’ve had here. I’ve grown up here and been given every chance a young reporter could ever ask for."
Kelly finished her farewell on Tuesday by thanking the Murdochs (Rupert, Lachlan and James), who she also thanked in a Facebook post earlier in the day.
"The Murdoch family has been kind and good to me at every turn and my colleagues are like a second family to me. So I will miss them, and this show, and you. And I hope our human connection continues, albeit over a different line. Thank you for watching."
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