Megyn Kelly of Fox News is interviewing Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on June 3 in what she says is a complete, no-questions-off-limits discussion of the child molestation scandal involving 19 Kids And Counting star Josh Duggar. And although it’s a situation that has changed the life of the Duggars forever, Kelly is focused on ratings, reported the Wrap.
Scheduled for Wednesday evening, the interview will be more like Oprah Winfrey and less like an interrogation, said the media industry mogul.
“It will not be a ‘gotcha’ or an attempt to bring down the Duggars,” insisted Kelly.
And while talking about the 19 Kids And Counting family, Megyn also looks to the future of her own show.
“We are very much in contention for the biggest ‘gets’ right now,” admitted the Fox News personality. “It’s a jump ball, but I think that ball is tipping over to me.”
And Kelly feels that interviewing the Duggars is part of that tipping point. It’s the first broadcast family interview since the child molestation scandal went public. Josh has described his actions, which allegedly involved molesting five underage girls, as “inexcusable.”
“When I spoke with the Duggar family, I said, ‘I am going to ask you the tough questions,’ ” revealed Megyn in discussing how she persuaded the 19 Kids And Counting parents to appear on her show.
The media industry expert also promised them that she would be fair.
“You will not be getting a pass on the tough questions. But I will be fair, and you will be permitted to answer and offer context. And it will not be a ‘gotcha’ or an attempt to bring down the Duggars … That is not my role. I have final say on the ultimate broadcast — and no one but me.”
As for what details will be uncovered in the interview, Kelly said that she will not focus on the actual molestation, reported Us Weekly.
“This isn’t going to be a cross-examination of a family. It’s going to be an interview. I want to hear their story. And I think America wants to hear their story now. I don’t plan on getting into the specific details about what was done, because my understanding is the victims don’t want to discuss that either.”
But as the Inquisitr reported, given that the victims reportedly involved some of Josh’s sisters, the fact that 19 Kids And Counting has been pulled does impact the family’s future.
Deciding whether to never feature the Duggars again is a decision that can wait as the TLC producers mull the possibilities. A possible spin-off without Josh Duggar, for example, might succeed despite the social media pressure to take the show off the air completely.
Others, however, have suggested showing true reality by showing Josh’s future, with assessments. But because some of the girls are his sisters and all were underage, their privacy and anonymity would be challenging to protect, as Megyn Kelly noted in discussing her own interview with the Duggar family, which airs on The Kelly File Wednesday at 9 p.m.
What do you think about Kelly’s comment that American wants to hear the Duggar family’s story? What do you wish you could ask the 19 Kids And Counting stars? Post your comments below.
[Image Via Duggar Family Official / Facebook]