Megyn Kelly Biography
Megyn Kelly (Megyn Marie Kelly) is an American journalist, political commentator and former corporate defense attorney born on 18th November 1970 in Champaign, Illinois, U.S. She hosted Megyn Kelly Today, a live-audience morning show on NBC until November 2018.
Kelly began her career as an associate at Bickel & Brewer LLP, a law firm during which time she co-wrote an article for the American Bar Association’s journal, Litigation, called “The Conflicting Roles of Lawyer as Director”. She later joined Jones Day where she worked for nine years, one of her clients at the time was credit bureau Experian.
Megyn Kelly Age
Kelly was born on 18th November 1970 in Champaign, Illinois, U.S. (47 years as of 2018)
Megyn Kelly Education
Megyn attended Tecumseh Elementary School in DeWitt, New York before transferring to Bethlehem Central High School. when her family moved to the Albany, New York, a suburb of Delmar.
She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. In 1995 she earned a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.
Megyn Kelly Family
Megyn Kelly Mother
Megyn’s mother, Linda (née DeMaio), is of Italian and German descent. She worked as a homemaker.
Megyn Kelly Father
Megyn father is Edward Kelly who was an associate professor of education at the State University of New York at Albany. He taught at the School of Education where he primarily focused on the field of evaluation.
He died when Kelly was 15 years, during an interview with Elle magazine Kelly said;
“I remember he was loving and smart and funny, and always kind. Never had a temper — never. I remember him coming home from work and scooping me up and saying, ‘Hiya, Tiger’ every night.”
Megyn Kelly Husband
Megyn Kelly married Douglas Brunt on 1st March 2008 at a wedding ceremony in Huntington, New York. Douglas is an American novelist and entrepreneur who released his debut novel ‘Ghosts of Manhattan’ was released in 2012. He is a former president and CEO of the cybersecurity firm Authentium
The two met through a blind date and they shortly began dating. During an interview, Douglas revealed that they started dating shortly after Kelly got a stalker and thus had security 24/7 and therefore they had their first kiss in front of the security guards.
Megyn Kelly Children
Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt have three children; son Edward Yates Brunt (born in 2009); daughters Thatcher Bray Brunt (born in 2013) and Yardley Evans Brunts (born in 2011).
Megyn Kelly Divorce
Megyn Kelly was previously married to Kendall (2001 – 20006), prior to their marriage they dated for four years. Kendall is a top anesthesiologist and pain management physician.
Megyn twice said that she was hurt at being betrayed but made it clear that it was not by her current husband, Doug Brunt. During an interview with the Daily Mail Online Kendall said;
‘I can say with 100% certainty that I was completely faithful to Megyn, When she made that comment about it not being in her current marriage it irritated me a bit because it seemed like she was suggesting it was me. I texted her at the time and she apologized. I think I was a good husband.’
Megyn Kelly ABC
In 2003 Megyn Kelly was hired by WJLA-TV, an ABC affiliate, as a general assignment reporter. While at the station she covered events such as the live coverage of the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Chief Justice John G. Roberts; the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist; and the 2004 presidential election.
Megyn Kelly NBC | NBC Megyn Kelly
In January 2017 it was reported that Megyn Kelly was leaving Fox News for a role at NBC News in which she would anchor and host her own daytime program and in-depth Sunday night news show, along with taking part in the network’s political and major news event coverage. Kelly signed a three-year, $69 million contract with NBC
Megyn Kelly Show | Megyn Kelly Today
On 25th September 2017, Kelly debuted her show ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ on NBC. The show airs at 9 a.m. the show covers exclusive news-maker interviews, inspiring stories, and day’s hot topic.
On 24th October 2018, Hollywood Reporter reported that Kelly is expected to wind down her 9 a.m. Today show hour by the end of the season to cover more news and politics.
According to Hollywood Reporter Kelly met with the Network’s executive to discuss the future of the show and expressed a desire to cover more news and politics.
Megyn Kelly Blackface | Megyn Kelly Halloween
On 23rd October 2018 during ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Kelly made a comment that caused a lot of backlashes. She questioned whether wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume is actually racist.
“But what is racist? because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”
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— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
Megyn Kelly cited an example of Luann de Lesseps, a cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York,” who came under fire for dressing up as Diana Ross with a complete outsize Afro wig. Kelly said she found the criticism perplexing.
“She dressed as Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is, and people said that that was racist. And I don’t know, I felt like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross?”
Kelly later sent an internal email to colleagues to apologize for her comment about wearing blackface on Halloween
“One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views. When we had the roundtable discussion earlier today about the controversy of making your face look like a different race as part of a Halloween costume, I suggested that this seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example. To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?”
Megyn Kelly added that she now realizes “that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”
She also admitted that she’s “never been a [politically correct] kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity, and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion.”
On 24th October Kelly began her show with “I’m sorry.” She went on to apologize for her Tuesday comment and said;
“I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay. Well, I am wrong and I am sorry. One of the great parts of sitting in this chair each day is getting to discuss different points of view. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen. And yesterday I learned, I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.
I have never been a PC kind of person. But I do understand the value of being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity, and honor. I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”
Megyn Kelly Leaves NBC
On 26th October Megyn Kelly left NBC, the network announced on 26th October that other “Today” show anchors will replace her in the 9 a.m. hour, bringing an end to “Megyn Kelly Today”. The cancellation of her show followed her defense of blackface Halloween costumes.
Megyn Kelly Donald Trump
During the August 2015 GOP debate, Megyn Kelly asked the then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump to explain sexist comments he had made about women in the past. After the debate, Trump called Kelly “overrated,” as well as “crazy,” “angry” and “a bimbo.” Trump also went to CNN where he said blood was coming out of her eyes and “blood coming out of her wherever.”
On 6th August 2015 during the Republican Party presidential debate Kelly questioned if a man of Trump’s temperament ought to be elected president. Her moderating created a range of media and political reactions with Trump criticizing her professionalism. Kelly responded to Trump’s criticizing saying she would not apologize for doing good journalism.
Kelly was the moderator during the Iowa January 28 debate which Trump declined to attend. During an interview with ‘CBS News Sunday Morning’ Kelly said she was disappointed with the lack of support she received from coworker Bill O’Reilly and CNN as CNN aired a Trump event the same time as the debate.
In April Kelly met with Trump at Trump Tower, after she requested to meet with him as a way to clear the air.
In her book ‘Settle for More’ Kelly wrote “This is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign. I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage. Many reporters have told me that Trump worked hard to offer them something fabulous — from hotel rooms to rides on his 757.”
Megyn Kelly Sexual Assault
In July 2016 when Roger Ailes, then Fox News CEO, was accused of sexual harassment Kelly was reported to have confirmed that she herself was also subjected to his harassment. Two days later after the news, Ailes resigned although his lawyer, Susan Estrich, publicly denied the charge.
Megyn Kelly Salary
Megyn salary at NBC is estimated to be between $18 million to $33 million annually.
During an interview with the US magazine Megyn said the salary estimates are inaccurate;
“Somebody put out a number and everybody else has run with it, saying this must be the number and it isn’t. But that’s fine. People want to believe want they want to believe.”
When asked if she feels the pressure to perform due to the headline-worthy salary she said;
“No, I don’t feel pressure because of money. I earn every penny that is in my salary. Every penny. So I have no apologies for making my salary, nor do I feel any extra burden because of it.”
Kelly also said her job at NBC isn’t about money; “And if it was, “I would have stayed a practicing lawyer and I wouldn’t have taken a job for $17,000 as a reporter. Trust me, I was making a lot more money as an almost partner at Jones Day. Nor would I have left Fox News, which was definitely paying me more than I’m earning at NBC. But I don’t care. And the next job may pay less than this one. It’s not about money for me. It’s about doing what works for me, what makes me happy, what works with my family, and what I connect with. That’s it.”
Megyn Kelly Net Worth
Megyn Kelly has an estimated net worth of $15 million.