- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fox News host Megyn Kelly said she hasn’t decided whether she’s going to stay with the network after her contract expires next year.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” the 45-year-old journalist told Variety in an interview published Tuesday. “I’ve had a great 12 years here, and I really like working for Roger Ailes. I really like my show, and I love my team. But you know, there’s a lot of brain damage that comes from the job. There was probably less brain damage when I worked in the afternoon. I was less well known. I had far less conflict in my life.”

Ms. Kelly said the media industry is “a fickle business.”

She joked, “What if they called me and fired me tomorrow? I have to keep my options open,” she said. “One never knows. Everything is rolling along fine, and then you call Huckabee ‘F—kabee’ and you’re gone.”

Ms. Kelly said her ongoing public feud with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been hard on her and Fox News.

“It has not been enjoyable,” she said. “I wish it hadn’t happened. I hope it will stop — his focus on me. If he’s determined not to stop, there’s nothing I can do. I don’t like being the story. I think it raises real First Amendment issues. I’ve seen what’s happened with Michelle Fields [the former Breitbart News reporter allegedly grabbed by Trump’s campaign manager] and in my own world, there’s another side to this behavior. It poses real risks to the person under attack.”

Ms. Kelly told Variety that she has felt supported by Fox News, noting that the network “has been in a tough position. They care about me and they are not afraid of a fight, but we’re in uncharted territory.”

She said she’s had “many conversations” with Mr. Ailes about the situation, which has “been hard on him, too.”

“I don’t think he’s enjoyed one piece of this,” Ms. Kelly said. “He can see what happens in my life when Trump starts off. He really wants him to stop, but on the other hand, he’s not going to run a news channel that doesn’t provide access to the Republican front-runner for president.”

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