Deadline Hollywood has learned that popular Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will make her return from maternity leave on Monday Aug. 8. That is exactly four months after Kelly’s last broadcast on April 8. She gave birth to her second child, a girl, the following week, on April 14. When contacted, Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti confirmed Kelly’s return date.
Despite speculation that Kelly may take over the 5 PM slot vacated by the departure of Glenn Beck, she will resume her duties as solo anchor of her program, America Live with Megyn Kelly, which airs from 1-3 PM ET, while The Five, which has been airing in the 5 PM hour, is expected to continue its run through the summer as originally planned. Several FNC anchors rotated in filling in for Kelly during her maternity leave: Martha MacCallum, Alisyn Camerota, Shannon Bream and Gretchen Carlson. Kelly, a former corporate litigator, has been a rising star since joining FNC in 2004. The anchor, who also has a weekly segment on the network’s top-rated program The O’Reilly Factor, has become a pop culture fixture, listed as one of TV’s hottest anchors by Maxim and appearing in a sexy spread in GQ magazine.