In a move ripped straight from a pop star's playbook, longtime Fox News personality Megyn Kelly announced she was leaving The Kelly File on last night's (January 3) episode by thanking her haters.

Kelly, who has anchored the late-night news show since 2013, said in a goodbye message that she's cultivated some wonderful memories while making the show, but is ready for her next chapter. And, according to The New York Timesthat's a jump to NBC, where she'll be an anomalous conservative pundit among a typically liberal lineup.

Much of her choice to leave is rooted in the opportunity to move from nighttime news to a daytime show, which will allow her to spend more time with her husband and children, she said.

"After more than a dozen years at Fox News, I've decided to pursue a new challenge," Kelly said to viewers. "This was a tough decision for me, because I love this show, our staff, my crew, my colleagues here at Fox, and you, those who write me the lovely handwritten notes, asking about my kids, and even those who — very rarely — complain on Twitter about our coverage after our show, or a presidential debate."

"Now, I don't actually know most of you, so perhaps it's not true love, but it's the kind that makes one feel connected to another human being, and that, after all, is why I believe we're here — human connection," she added.

While Kelly's Fox contract has been drawn up to extend through June, she added that she'll leave the network by the end of the week.

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