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More than a year after FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly put herself at the center of the presidential race with an assertive – some said aggressive – question posed to billionaire businessman Donald Trump at the first Republican debate, salary negotiations at the cable giant have gone public through revelations from the cable giant’s owner, Rupert Murdoch.

Kelly’s hour-long program, The Kelly File, has regularly held one of the top three spots in the FOX nightly schedule since it debuted in October 2013, at a reputed salary of as much as $9 million a year, but the heated moment when she took on Trump over comments he had made about women alienated a share of her viewers who saw it as playing into the Democrat playbook.

Kelly came under fire for the question, but said she “would not apologize for doing good journalism,” and the two had a make-up interview in May.

The 45-year-old former attorney was already known for speaking her mind, even to the lions of the party the cable channel supports, after she questioned veteran Republican political advisor Karl Rove’s 2012 election night projection that Mitt Romney would win, saying, “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? Or is this real?”

British newspaper, The Daily Mail, reported that media mogul Murdoch made the salary negotiation numbers public – a move that may be intended to send a message to Kelly that she can be replaced.

“[W]e have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for that spot,” said Murdoch.

Kelly has been honored for addressing the issue of child abuse, recently published a book, Settle for More, and her striking looks have been featured on a cover story in Vanity Fair magazine.

She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014.

When she signed with FOX in 2004, then-president of CCN Jonathan Klein said, “she was the one talent you’d want to have from somewhere else,” so if Murdoch passes on her demands – said to approach the $20 million paid to top anchor, Bill O’Reilly – Kelly may not lack for suitors elsewhere on cable news.

 

 

 

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