6:57pm PT by Andy Lewis
Megyn Kelly Signs Book Deal
Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who made national headlines for tangles with Donald Trump during a Republican presidential debate in August, has signed a book deal with HarperCollins, the publisher announced. Publication is expected in the Fall.
HarperCollins did not disclose details about the book’s subject matter. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed either. A rep for CAA, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Kelly, says reports of a $10 million advance were inaccurate.
“Megyn Kelly is among the most interesting and influential people in America today and we are thrilled to be publishing her first book,” said Lisa Sharkey, the senior vice president director of creative development who acquired the book, in a statement. “This book is coming out at the perfect time and is bound to be one of the most read and talked about books of the fall.”
HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corp, which took control of the the newspaper and publishing operations when the company’s TV and film assets were separated into 21st Century Fox, which runs Kelly’s employer Fox News. Rupert Murdoch controls both companies.
Kelly hosted a Republican debate in August where she asked Trump tough questions about his past comments about women. After the debate Trump called Kelly a “lightweight” and said “she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her … wherever.”
Trump skipped a Fox News-hosted debate in Iowa on Jan. 28 because Kelly was one of the moderators. Trump has not yet said whether he will attend that one. After he finished second to Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses, Trump admitted that skipping the debate may have cost him votes. Kelly is scheduled to host the network’s third Republican debate on March 3 in Detroit.
Kelly has been at Fox News since 2005. Prior to that she was a reporter for Washington, DC station and for nine years a lawyer. She attended Syracuse University and Albany Law School.