After 12 years working for Fox News, Megyn Kelly is leaving the network for NBC News. While she's previously stated that she's not part of either of the two major political parties in the U.S. (“I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans,” she told Variety. “I’m an independent.”) Kelly is usually perceived as a conservative public figure. Now that she's moving to a less Republican-leaning network than Fox, the jokes about her past have been flying on social media. Kelly announced the move in a short statement posted on her social media accounts:
Kelly found herself at the center of the national spotlight several times during the 2016 election. After then-candidate Donald Trump felt attacked by a question she asked about his treatment of women during the first debate of the Republican primaries, the businessman made Kelly a regular target of his insults for months. Despite the heightened attention, though, Kelly has had a prominent career in media for years. In 2014, she was the only woman in media to be included in Time's 100 Most Influential People list. In 2016, she was honored at Variety's Power of Women ceremony.
Still, there are many decent reasons to find her move to NBC a little amusing ― at least, according to these seven tweets and jokes about her career change.
1She Wants You To Know Santa Is White
"Hi and thanks for tuning into NBC. Santa is white" https://t.co/PmrLNnuba7— Katie McDonough (@kmcdonovgh) January 3, 2017
In 2013, Kelly made headlines after a Fox News segment in which she authoritatively declared that Santa and Jesus are white. The segment was meant to be a discussion of Aisha Harris' article on Slate, which describes Harris' shame in growing up and knowing that the black Santas in her household weren't considered "the real thing." Kelly's defensive demeanor during the conversation were later mocked on The Daily Show.
If all the black employees in the NBC newsroom could dress up as Santa on Megyn Kelly's first day that would be great, thanks.— shauna (@goldengateblond) January 3, 2017
This will probably follow Kelly around for the rest of her career.
3Will Trump Get The Credit?
"Megyn Kelly fired by Fox. I called it." -- Trump, any minute— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 3, 2017
After their months-long feud and their subsequent truce, it'll be interesting to see if Trump will resist the temptation to claim any sort of victory here.
4Who Comes Next?
Tomi Lahren when she heard Megyn Kelly's job at Fox News was open: pic.twitter.com/WuPNJ8qkPw— #J20 (@Delo_Taylor) January 3, 2017
Blaze host Tomi Lahren has quickly become one of conservative America's favorite media figures over the last year, with several of her rants against the Black Lives Matter movement going viral over the past year. Will Fox show any interest?
5She Won't Be Missed
Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News is textbook addition through subtraction.— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) January 3, 2017
Well, some people are clearly celebrating her Fox departure.
6We're All Waiting
He's going to tweet about Megyn Kelly isn't he?— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 3, 2017
I think we all know the answer to this.
7This Is Accurate
Congrats to Megyn Kelly on her transition from most rational person at Fox News to most batshit crazy person at NBC— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) January 3, 2017
Kelly's got her good moments, but her repertoire of side-eye-worthy declarations is too extensive for my taste.