Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly described the current status of her professional relationship with President-elect Donald Trump as “good.”
One of those ubiquitous TMZ videographers caught up with the host of FNC’s The Kelly File to ask about her rapport with Trump given the feud that occurred during the campaign. Kelly, who is currently promoting her memoir Settle for More for which she reportedly received a $6 million advance, responded that things are back on track with the man some have nicknamed commander-in-tweet.
“We’re good…I went to see him at Trump Tower and we had a great exchange. And everything has been in a much better place since then, and for that I’m very happy.”
When asked about the likelihood of a Trump interview on The Kelly File, she replied confidently that “Absolutely. I do. We’re all good.” See clip below.
Megyn Kelly was alluding to her then-secret meeting with Trump on April 13, which then led to a TV interview on Megyn Kelly Presents which aired on the Fox broadcast network on May 17. The prime-time special disappointed in the ratings, however.
Some Megyn Kelly critics, who have denounced her for playing the martyr card, contend that when she famously challenged Donald Trump during the first GOP presidential debate in August 2015 about his past comments about women (“only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump famously quipped), it was more about careerism and auditioning for CNN or another network than a legitimate journalistic inquiry. Trump harbored bitter feelings toward Megyn Kelly since then, which he made clear on Twitter and in various media interviews.
Kelly foes have also suggested that she presumed the book tour would also be a victory tour of some kind in that she was supposedly counting on a Trump loss based on the polling data that turned out to be flawed.
In a speech delivered at The Hollywood Reporter-sponsored Women In Entertainment event earlier this month, however, Megyn Kelly declared that “As for Donald Trump, I have high hopes for him. Despite the tweets and all the rest of it, there is much to admire about Donald Trump. There is much to admire about him, and I think the more we understand that and understand why he won this election, the better off we’ll be as a country and understand each other.” At the same time, she also vowed to hold him accountable during his presidency.
Settle for More has dropped to No. 8 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover nonfiction list and has apparently only sold about 180,000 copies to date.
With Megyn Kelly’s Fox contract due to expire in July 2017, reports have emerged that she is considering other media options. One supposedly is Good Morning America, which ABC News has denied. A previous report by the Inquisitr suggested that CNN was allegedly prepared to move mountains to bring her over to the competing news network to perhaps compete head to head against former FNC mentor Bill O’Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Airing at 9 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday, The Kelly File originated as a legal-oriented weekly segment on The O’Reilly Factor. There has been speculation that Bill O’Reilly and former corporate lawyer Kelly, who previously anchored in the afternoon, have had a falling out since then, a possible clash of egos that would not be unprecedented in the television universe. Viewers will note that at The Factor nightly signoff, O’Reilly no longer says “Miss Megyn is next,” for whatever that may or may not mean.
In the intervening months up through and after the presidential election, The Kelly File has featured a lot of anti-Donald Trump content, in contrast to much of what is presented on bookend programs anchored by O’Reilly and Sean Hannity (who was bumped from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. about three years ago to make room for Megyn Kelly).
Commenting on the exchange with his cameraman, TMZ impresario Harvey Levin noted in the clip below that Megyn Kelly’s book accuses Trump of bullying and tormenting her but that the controversy with the GOP presidential candidate also exponentially raised her national and international media profile.
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