Megyn Kelly has revealed the real reason she joined Today — and it has to do with her three kids!
"This job change has been a way of taking better care of myself," the 46-year-old TV star confessed in a new interview. "Settling for more means being with my kids more."
"You have to be honest with yourself, even if there is some fear in making a change," she continued. "Accolades or awards are meaningless unless you feel connected to the people who mean something to you — especially your children."
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Megyn and her husband, novelist Douglas Brunt — who tied the knot in 2008 — are parents to daughter Yardley Evans Brunt, 5, and sons Edward Yates Brunt, 7, and Thatcher Bray Brunt, 3.
Megyn with her husband and three kids (inset). (Photo Credit: Splash, Twitter)
Since leaving Fox News in January to instead join the Today team, Megyn has found much more free time to spend with her husband and kids. "I’m the one who tucks them in, which is worth more to me than any money, any job, any power," she said.
For Megyn and Douglas, 45, family time includes watching their favorite show, MasterChef Junior and playing games. "I’ve been teaching [the kids to play] poker!" the star admitted.
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Following the announcement of Megyn's addition to Today, one of the morning talk show's stars, Tamron Hall, abruptly exited the program — leading many fans to speculate there may be bad blood between Megyn and Tamron.
"The last 10 years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m grateful," Tamron said in a message released by the network after her departure. "I’m also very excited about the next chapter. To all my great colleagues, I will miss you and I will be rooting for you."
Megyn (left) and Tamron (right). (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Since Tamron left the show, rumors have swirled Megyn is being groomed to take over Savannah Guthrie's Today co-anchor gig. Savannah, 45, has been on maternity leave since giving birth to son Charley in early December.
"There is a rumor on set that Megyn would eventually get the lead anchor role on Today, pushing Savannah out," a source revealed to Page Six in early January.
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When asked about Megyn's potential new position on the show, an NBC exec replied, "The goal was simply to get someone of Megyn’s talent and caliber through the door at NBC. We have not made a decision on her daytime slot. It is being discussed."
For now, most Megyn's new Today co-stars are excited about her addition to the show! In a recent interview with Closer Weekly, Hoda Kotb joked the mom-of-three is "going to get hazed" by her co-hosts. "We are going to see how she is after a few glasses [of wine]!" Hoda quipped.
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