Saving Megyn Kelly

She has become the newest Cultural Villain. And there is a lesson to be learned.

Jack Engelhard,

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Excuse me if I start rooting for her, if only because I turned her into literature, that’s one; and two, she’s taking too many blows and I always root for the underdog.

For some reason she’s become a Cultural Villain.

Now you wouldn’t think there’d be a connection between the Biblical figure of Korach and TV news celeb Megyn Kelly, but then there’s this –

He got swallowed up into the earth when he got too big for his britches, and for the same type of vanity, she has built a hole for herself that threatens to sink what was once the most successful TV News career in America. “The girl has it all. What can possibly go wrong,” we wrote about her in the novel “News Anchor Sweetheart.”

Now we know – practically everything can go wrong, and it’s doubtful that an unforgiving press will go easier on her after the J.D. Vance interview that just aired. In the land of second chances, this makes it her fourth chance to win her groove back – this lady we had dubbed “the queen of chic power.”
All of us outside the TV/Entertainment Industry, why should we care?

Because what happened to her ought to be known as “The Megyn Kelly Lesson.”

It ought to be taught in schools.

The story is far beyond Megyn Kelly herself. 

It can happen to anyone who needs to be taught that you are not as big as you think. 

Or – think before you quit. The job you’ve got right now may be as good as it gets and cutting yourself loose may amount to cutting yourself off completely. 

Kelly began drifting away from Fox News at the first GOP Presidential Debate, August 6, 2015, when she mercilessly drilled Candidate Donald Trump. Twenty four million viewers were tuned in at Fox at what was clearly the most dramatic moment of the entire campaign.  

Many of them were turned off by her attitude. They rallied to Trump and so it can be argued that, unintentionally and ironically, she helped get him elected. But among Trump supporters she was never the same and never forgiven. She did not care. Her thinking was – so long, I’m outta here anyway. 

Didn’t anybody know that audiences differ from one network to another and that stardom is often rooted to one place only?
I knew a man who worked for The Wall Street Journal. He had access to everybody, all the top names. So he thought he was tops. He quit to go it alone. After that, he could not figure out why all of a sudden no one answered his calls. So it was never about him, he found out too late. He’d been a big shot only because of his byline, his connection to the newspaper.

Thus Kelly. She was big at  Fox. But she wanted to be bigger. Driven by conceit and the promise of a bigger audience, a fatter paycheck and more adoring fame (Oprah as her model) she ditched Fox and moved on to NBC, and, so far, she has tanked – to the amazement of everyone, except those who saw it coming.

The suits at NBC thought she’d be a cinch.   

Didn’t anybody know that audiences differ from one network to another and that stardom is often rooted to one place only? For Kelly, it was Fox.

Without that home base where she thrived, she became anybody. At NBC, where she was expected to bring in huge numbers, she is just another pretty face.

For TV personalities, death and life are in the power of a ratings point up or down, and down it plunged for Kelly beginning with her misfired Putin interview. 

“A bad night on air,” as we wrote in the book, “a dip in the ratings for whatever reason could spell doom. You were being judged from one broadcast to the next and the entire country sat as your jury. There was never a moment to call yourself a success when every night was opening night. You had to keep proving yourself.”

But she proved that yes indeed, the bigger we are, the harder we fall. 

That is especially true when you tempt fate by demanding greatness, when humility would be the better choice. 

If true that NBC wants to send her back to Fox, but Fox doesn’t want her – that is low enough to be rock bottom for a sweetheart who had it all. 

People are cackling and gloating at her misfortune. I don’t think it’s funny. I think it’s a waste of a real talent…and, dear revelers, you never know who could be next.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard authored the international bestselling novel-turned movie “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: