Megyn Kelly Leaving Fox News For NBC News

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly officially announced on Tuesday that she will be leaving her longtime TV home to take on a role at NBC News.

Kelly will be headlining her own daytime news program at NBC News as well as a prime time program airing on Sundays. While the move will be happening later in the year, she will be signing off her 9 p.m. show, "The Kelly File," this Friday night.

The news anchor first announced her departure from Fox News in a post on her Facebook page.

Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life. Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I've had. I have agreed to join NBC News, where I will be launching a new daytime show Monday through Friday, along with a Sunday evening news magazine program. I will also participate in NBC's breaking news coverage and its political and special events coverage.

While I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to be joining the NBC News family and taking on a new challenge. I remain deeply grateful to Fox News, to Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, and especially to all of the FNC viewers, who have taught me so much about what really matters. More to come soon.

Happy New Year, and God bless.

Fox News has been Kelly's home for the past decade, and her TV program "The Kelly File" had the second-most watched news program on all of cable news--the first being Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor."

While sources say that Fox News offered Kelly an annual salary of more than $20 million to stay at the network, Kelly ultimately decided that "money wasn't the driving factor," and wanted a role that was more family-friendly. Kelly looks forward to spending more time with her children, who are 7, 5 and 3.

Kelly's contract with Fox wasn't due until this upcoming July, and no definite start date of her NBC News programs has been announced just yet.