NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly disclosed during a talk show interview that President Donald Trump played a pivotal role in her decision to depart from Fox News. Kelly, who had a contentious public relationship with Trump during the 2016 GOP primary, asserted that she was not interested in being a political pundit (video below).
On Sept. 20, Kelly explained her decision to leave a primetime slot on Fox News during an interview on "The Ellen Show."
"Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one's life choices," Kelly told host Ellen DeGeneres, according to Variety. "Just as I was sort of wondering if [primetime news] was where I wanted to be and how I wanted to live, the universe came and shone a light, and it was clear to me what I wanted to do."
On Jan. 3, Kelly announced she was leaving the Fox News network during a segment on her show, "The Kelly File."
"After more than a dozen years at Fox News, I have decided to pursue a new challenge..." Kelly said at the time, according to Fox News. "...While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge."
The former Fox News anchor told DeGeneres she was also disenchanted with the political nature of her previous position.
"Bill O’Reilly, of all people, told me when I got to cable news primetime that cable news primetime is a snake pit," said Kelly, according to Variety. "And that’s how it felt, and I didn’t want to be in the snake pit. I just wanted to cover the news."
The same day Kelly appeared on "The Ellen Show," she elaborated on her discomfort with politics during an interview with People.
"I'm not a political animal and I never have been," Kelly said. "The subject matter was not true to my soul."
Kelly and Trump had a public war of words during the 2016 presidential race.
On Aug. 6, 2015, Trump became irritated when Kelly questioned his past remarks about women during the first GOP presidential primary debate, ABC News reports.
The two public figures exchanged heated statements on social media until they appeared to call a truce during a one-on-one interview that aired on May 17, 2016.
On Oct. 25, 2016, Kelly blasted Trump after a 2005 tape of Trump boasting on a hot mic about kissing and groping women without asking for consent leaked to the public, according to NPR.
Sept. 25 will mark the debut of Kelly's daytime show, NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today," People notes.