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Megyn Kelly, the no-holds-barred former litigator who rose to stardom at Fox News, debuted her new show on NBC on Monday.
The network jump came after a tumultuous 2016 for Kelly – from clashing publicly with Donald Trump and his supporters to detailing allegations of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes. She announced in January that she was leaving Fox News.
She signed on with NBC for a multiyear contract, the amount of which hasn’t been made public. Kelly was reportedly making $10 million to $12 million a year at Fox News and is most likely making $15 million to $20 million a year at NBC.
In her memoir released last year, “Settle for More,” Kelly described how she landed her first job as a lawyer fresh out of law school in 1995, and she offered advice for anyone applying for a new job in any field.
“I did something all job applicants should do – I asked for the job,” she wrote. “I told them that if they extended an offer, I would accept it on the spot, that I had done the research and investigation, and this was where I wanted to be.”
After that meeting with the law firm, she said, it offered her a job paying $85,000 a year, a welcome sum to a recent grad with $100,000 in student-loan debt.
“Don’t underestimate the power this message can have on a potential employer,” Kelly wrote. “Everyone likes to be flattered. Of course it works better if it’s true.”
“Settle for More” was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for weeks after it debuted on November 15. “Megyn Kelly Today” airs weekdays on NBC at 9 a.m. ET.