Independent journalist Megyn Kelly told radio host Buck Sexton that when she decided to leave Fox News, ex-CNN president Jeff Zucker had made her “a huge offer” to sign a contract with the rival network.
However, Kelly said despite the generous offer Kelly said she felt there would be no audience for her at CNN, a fact she suspects Chris Wallace has already begun to learn firsthand.
According to The Daily Wire:
The discussion turned to Chris Wallace, who jumped to CNN+ after 18 years of hosting “Fox News Sunday,” and both Sexton and Kelly appeared to agree that Wallace had been lucky to keep his position despite lackluster numbers. They also questioned whether he believed simply opposing former President Donald Trump would help him win over the viewers at CNN+, and argued that it wouldn’t. Kelly said that they likely saw Wallace as a useful “foil” when it came to Trump, but that would not translate to a massive audience.
“He was in last place every week, every year, every month. He was always in last, and they still paid him,” Kelly said before pivoting to reveal her own dealings with CNN as she made the decision to leave Fox News.
Noting that her main goal had been to free up more time to spend with her kids, Kelly said that she had considered going to CNN.
“I considered going to CNN. CNN made me a huge offer. Huge,” she said. “I said no, Buck, because I knew: who is my fanbase going to be over there? I knew who my fans were and I knew that my Fox viewers were not going to follow me to CNN and that the CNN viewers were going to hate my guts.”