We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.
Megyn Kelly Is Leaving Fox for New Role at NBC
After months of speculation, this week we learned that Megyn Kelly will, in fact, part ways with Fox News, her employer for the past twelve years. The best-selling author and news anchor will transition into a large role at NBC News where she will host a daytime show, anchor a Sunday night news program, and play a critical role in the network’s special event and political coverage. During the election cycle, Kelly notably confronted then presidential candidate Donald Trump about his documented misogyny, only to become the target of his trademark hostility. Her loyalty to Fox, however, more strongly came into question when Kelly joined the sexual harassment case against the network’s former CEO Roger Ailes.
Despite reports of huge salary offers (Fox reportedly offered to raise her $15 million salary to $20 million per year), the New York Times reported it was a schedule that better suited her family that ultimately wooed Kelly. She has been vocal about her role as a working mother and the challenges that come with that. The flexibility and different hours of the NBC gig are said to have been major motivators for her. Kelly has said she moved into journalism from her law career because she realized she could never lead the life she wanted, including having a family, within the demands of a legal career. It seems like Kelly is just another woman looking for that ever-elusive work-life balance. Her Fox News slot will be replaced by Tucker Carlson. —Megan Madden
Mariah Carey Gets Slammed for NYE Performance
This week the Internet almost broke with criticism of Mariah Carey after her six-minute performance riddled with lip syncing snafus and technical glitches on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC. Allegedly Carey’s earpiece malfunctioned, and she couldn’t hear any music, so her musical tracks played in the background while she walked through the performance making casual comments and inviting the crowd to sing instead. Numerous commenters on social media accused Carey of being unprepared, but a performance expert told ABC that technical difficulties can be so challenging that most artists would be tempted to walk off the set. Others have taken a neutral tone and laughed off the event, such as one person on Twitter who said it’s a fitting ending to the year: “This Vine will go down in history as the final moment of 2016 and it's perfect,” @tkylemac wrote showing the clip of Carey’s words dripping in sarcasm, “It just doesn’t get any better.” I have to say, I like that perspective the best. —Mary Rose Somarriba
This past Sunday, Sherlock fans tuned into PBS to see the premiere of the latest season. I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it to say it was fast-paced, intriguing, and witty as always. It was also a rough one for a particular female character. After you’ve watched it, you might enjoy the Atlantic piece this week on the dynamics of how ladies figure into the story line of one of literature’s most famous male duos. —MRS
Kim Kardashian West Returns to Social Media 3 Months After Paris Attack
One word: "family." That was the caption of Kim Kardashian West's first social media post in three months. The reality TV star took a break from the public eye after she was the victim of a harrowing robbery in Paris during Fashion Week. Kim K.'s Instagram post featured a candid photo of her family: husband Kanye West, daughter North, 3, and son Saint, 1. Despite all this emphasis on family, Kim and Kanye divorce rumors were still ablaze when Kardashian temporarily removed "West" from her handles. Her married name was reinstated to her social accounts, however, so all seems well in what New York magazine called "Kardashian Kamelot." —Emily Mae Schmid
Ronda Rousey Loses Perhaps the Last Fight of Her Career
Mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey fought in the octagon this past Friday night at UFC 207. Rousey, matched with "the lioness" Amanda Nunes of Brazil, lost to technical knockout in a stunning forty-eight seconds. Since the loss, commentators have jumped to explain how the popular if contentious fighter lost so badly, many blaming her coach for not preparing her for the striking power of Nunes. Another possibility is that Rousey wasn't mentally prepared for the fight but was pressured to take the $3 million purse she received just for showing up. —MRS
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Are Bright Lights
The full trailer for the documentary Bright Lights was released this week in anticipation of the premiere of the documentary on HBO this weekend. HBO posted the trailer on Facebook with this message, "In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will debut Saturday, January 7, at 8, exclusively on HBO." The documentary looks like a beautiful tribute to the special bond between the mother-daughter duo. I'll definitely be tuning in Saturday night. —EMS
Mom of Four Captures Reality of Momhood in 34-Second Video
In a video that went viral this week, a Utah mom closes herself in the cupboard and records a short memo while eating a Twizzler. Eccentric? Sure. Real life? Even more for sure. Viewers by the hundred-thousands have found the 34-second video to be relatable on so many levels, especially in capturing how motherhood is a nonstop job. Eat that Twizzler, lady. You deserve it! —MRS