Kelly became well known late on Fox's Election NIght coverage when she took the highly unusual step of leaving her anchor desk to walk down a hallway to talk with Fox's team of voting analysts. Kelly confirmed that President Barack Obama had won Ohio.
Fox commentator Karl Rove had doggedly insisted that Obama's victory shouldn't have been considered as an official one because all the state's precincts had not been counted. Rove looked a bit out of touch because, it seemed, he was sole hold-out among TV talking heads. Therefore, when Kelly took her walk, the moment contained an element of High Noon drama.
It was terrific "television," depicting a major news channel in momentary confusion, perhaps disarray. Kelly performed her task -- reportedly at the behest of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who was said to be watching the bizarre scene -- with composure and dispatch. She managed to get the answer from Fox's prognosticators without embarrassing her colleague Rove.
The New York Times speculated that afternoon anchor Kelly might soon take over the 10:00 p.m. time slot of veteran prime time host Greta Van Susteren, who has also signed an extension with Fox.
Kelly was wooed by other TV networks before she decided to remain with Fox News.
Her 1:00-3:00 p.m. show was viewed by an average of 1.1 million people in the year's first three months, a little more than those before and after it.
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