You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Megyn Kelly Left Fox So She Could Watch Her Kids Grow Up: ‘I Hadn’t Tucked Them Into Bed on a Weeknight in 3 Years’

People logo People 9/20/2017 Emily Strohm

During her 13 year career at Fox, Megyn Kelly became one of the biggest names in television, but the longtime host stays she was missing one major thing: her family.

“Two of my kids were in school during the exact hours that I was at home,” she says in the latest issue of PEOPLE “They would get back at 3:30 p.m. just as I’d be leaving to do The Kelly File. I hadn’t tucked them into bed on a weeknight in three years.”

With her contract nearing its end in 2016, Kelly weighed her options and decided to leave the network.

“It was time to do a gut check, to make sure I was happy and doing what I’m supposed to,” she says. “The answer was clearly no. It was time to make a change.”

© Nigel Parry At the same time, working in what she describes as the “snake pit” of cable news wasn’t her calling.

“I’m not a political animal and I never have been,” she says. “The subject matter was not true to my soul.”

Kelly officially left Fox News in January and signed on at NBC, where her new morning talk show,Megyn Kelly Today, will premiere Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. ET.

The decision has been life-changing for her and her husband Douglas Brunt, along with their three children: Yates, 8, Yardley, 6, and Thatcher, 3.

“I feel less stressed, and less distant from the things that matter to me — my husband and my children,” she says. “My life.”


More from People

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon