EXCLUSIVE: Fox News star Megyn Kelly has hired her first publicist outside of the cable network, retaining Leslee Dart of 42 West. It makes sense as Kelly has a lot brewing. Her book Settle For More will be published by Harper in November, right after the presidential election, and her contract with the network is expiring and it is unclear whether she will sign another or move to another network.
All this happens in the backdrop of the shakeup at Fox News that led Roger Ailes to resign in the face of sexual harassment accusations. Kelly was conspicuously absent among the network’s stars who lined up behind Ailes with expressions of public support, and reports had Kelly telling in-house investigators that she too had received unwelcome advances by Ailes. Kelly hasn’t addressed that issue publicly, but it certainly will come up while she promotes her book later in the fall. Right now, she is focused on the presidential election and debate coverage.
Dart’s clients include Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Conan O’Brien and numerous others.