How Megyn Kelly Became the New Star of Fox News

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Megyn Kelly is bucking the conventional wisdom of what it means to be a Fox News anchor. The take-no-prisoners newswoman isn’t afraid to throw hardballs at Republicans. She recently lectured Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over his penchant for arguing with female reporters. She poked Jeb Bush about whether he would have invaded Iraq in 2003. She cornered Mike Huckabee for saying it was trashy for women to swear in public. Last year, she told Dick Cheney, “History has proven that you got it wrong” on Iraq. On Election Night 2012, she dared to question Karl Rove for claiming that Barack Obama hadn’t won Ohio, and it went viral.

Just as surprisingly, she says she wouldn’t brawl with a certain Democratic presidential candidate if she landed an exclusive with her. “I think Hillary Clinton could handle me — easily,” Kelly says on a recent afternoon in her Manhattan office. “That would be epic television,” she muses. “Here she is, this powerful woman talking to somebody who is also a woman in a powerful post, who would never be accused of giving her a pass. Right? But I respect Hillary Clinton, and all that she’s achieved.” Kelly makes the case that she’d be fair. “I’d be under pressure, too. If you want to get big-name Democrats who are running for president, do you want to annihilate them? Of course not.”

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Kelly, 44, a former corporate litigator who continues to gain prominence at the country’s biggest news network, is poised to become a force in the 2016 election, and is already set to co-moderate an Aug. 6 Republican primary debate. She will need to seize that opportunity to try to prove her detractors wrong, particularly the many liberals who still distrust her, and insist she’s way too soft on her subjects.

Bill Maher lambasted her on HBO’s “Real Time” for her coverage of the police officer in McKinney, Texas, who attacked black teenagers at a pool party (Kelly questioned the behavior of one of the girls shown in a leaked video). “We think of Megyn Kelly as the sane one over there at Fox News,” Maher said. “It’s just because she’s surrounded by (Sean) Hannity or Bill O’Reilly.”

Kelly said she wept when she saw an 11-minute clip of Jon Stewart skewering her reporting several years ago, but claims she’s grown thicker skin. “When you’re young and just starting, you think, ‘Oh gosh, how much power does he have? Is he going to hurt me?’” Kelly asks. “Frankly, I really no longer listen to Jon Stewart. I think we’ve stood the test of time.”

But like everything on Fox, Kelly is controversial. Viewers and critics are often befuddled, because they never know where she stands. She sounds like a Democrat on social issues (she’s long defended the transgender community) but a Republican on fiscal matters. Kelly tells Variety she’s not a member of the GOP. “I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans,” she says. “I’m an independent.” She believes her lack of political ideology actually makes her a more effective reporter. “I’m not rooting for anybody,” she says. “I’m a Fox News anchor, and I have no horse in the race. I can give anyone a hard time.” When asked if she considers herself a journalist or a personality, Kelly says, “I don’t really separate the two. I just think of myself as Megyn Kelly — broadcaster. You can do both.”

Just as TV news personalities are fast becoming an endangered species, Kelly has evolved into the fresh face of Fox News, and her influence in cable news just keeps growing. Although she’s been a staple at the network for a decade, and headlined her own nightly show since 2013, her current show, “The Kelly File” — featuring segments of news analysis, exclusive interviews and lighthearted cultural debates — is a primetime juggernaut.

And now coming on the heels of landing an exclusive interview this summer with TV’s now infamous Duggars family, a scoop that drew 3.1 million viewers in early June, Kelly is wading into Barbara Walters territory.

Her boss, Roger Ailes, reveals that he’s giving his star a series of primetime specials to air on Fox News starting early next year. These one-hour interviews with high-profile subjects in the news, including celebrities and sports figures, will look like her Duggars scoop with TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle, who broke their silence about reports that their son Josh molested their daughters as a teenager. Kelly believes there’s an opening for this kind of long-form journalism on TV. “Barbara Walters has retired,” Kelly observes. “Diane Sawyer left her anchor role. Oprah has moved to the OWN network and is doing a different thing now. So why not me?” Ailes, CEO of Fox News Channel, is confident that Kelly can handle both breaking news and these more in-depth gets. “Listen, Megyn is so good today that there is no interview I would not want her to do,” Ailes says.

Kelly posts strong numbers on most nights. “The Kelly File” ranks as the second most-watched program in all of cable news behind only Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” and often outdraws other cable entertainment programming in the hour. Year to date, the 9 p.m. program averaged 2.2 million viewers, up 4% from the comparable period last year, and up 23% in the adults 25-54 demo (to an average of 414,000), according to Nielsen. Kelly’s hour easily draws more viewers than Anderson Cooper’s and Rachel Maddow’s programs -— the top-rated primetime shows on CNN and MSNBC — combined.

Ratings Watershed: Kelly’s early June interview with the Duggar family, including father Jim Bob, was seen by 3.1 million viewers. (Photo courtesy of Fox News)

Kelly says she’s more inspired by events that happen off the political beat. “I don’t feel passionately about politics,” she says, a remark that might come as a surprise to anyone who saw her question Fox News’ own research team during coverage of the 2012 presidential election, after Rove pushed back on the network’s findings that President Obama had won Ohio over Mitt Romney. “I’m not a political person. Is it easy for me to get fired up about someone’s position on climate change? No, it’s not. On most of these issues, I can see both sides.”

She’s been able to successfully interview politicos, she says, by treating them as human beings. “I don’t understand these politicians who want to be president, and complain when they get a tough interview,” Kelly says. “If you behave like a stupid moron, you’re going to get called out by me.” While debating disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner last year, she took a jab at the sexting scandal that forced him to resign: “I’m trying to understand how somebody with a secret like that could go on national television and be that cocky,” she snapped.

Kelly also wants to wade into the crowded field of celebrity interviews — not exactly a Fox News staple. Doing so means she will have to fight off rivals. “My goal is not to be ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ with all due respect to ‘Entertainment Tonight,’” she says. Among those atop her wish list: Caitlyn Jenner, who has yet to give an interview as a woman. Kelly would even like a chance to grill Kim Kardashian-West on what her prominence says about American popular culture. “I want to know if she’s a force for good or evil. I had someone make the argument that she’s voluptuous, and maybe sending the message to young girls that you don’t have to be a stick figure to be desirable,” she says. “But I see the other argument too — it’s all enhanced, and you send the message that you need to surgically alter yourself to the point of shocking to be attractive to men.”

Kelly’s success in this new arena is not guaranteed. The “big get,” as it is known in newsroom parlance, has become more a coin of the realm than it was even in Walters’ heyday. These days, every news program from “Today” to “The CBS Evening News” to “Nightline” is constantly on the hunt for interviews with people enveloped by the maelstrom of breaking news and social-media chatter. But her pal Charlie Rose of “CBS This Morning” thinks she’ll succeed. “Longform interviewing is different than anchoring a newscast,” he says. “To be good, you have to be very spontaneous. She has the capacity to do that.”

Kelly’s tough approach to questioning often makes her sound less like a newscaster and more like her TV idol, Judith “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, a style that’s won her many fans. “When I heard Megyn Kelly was moving to the evening, I cried, I was so happy for her,” says Lyndon Hong, 52, a waiter in Manhattan who stitched himself a jacket with the words “Thank God There’s Fox News” on the back.

Kelly’s star continues to shine as the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, is in the midst of reshuffling. Rupert Murdoch is passing leadership to sons Lachlan and James, and the company says Ailes will report to them while maintaining a relationship with their father — a move that has the potential to create drama in months to come. A source familiar with Kelly’s situation says her contract is set to expire in 2017. Fox may have to fight to keep her. Two years ago, she turned down an offer from Jeff Zucker to join CNN for her own primetime gig, and she will certainly be wooed by the likes of NBC and ABC, which have also tried to hire her before. Kelly doesn’t rule out doing a talkshow down the line. “I’d have to see what’s available,” she says. “Daytime TV has changed a lot since the Oprah days. Right now I like the venue I’m in. I like the boss I have. I want to keep working for this boss and place.”

Kelly had never seen an episode of TLC’s “19 Kids” when the Duggars news broke, and her natural impulse was not to even cover the story, because it was too dark. But the more she heard about it, the more interested she became in the various angles. She ended up calling the family’s rep personally, a move out of the Walters playbook. When she landed the interview, she flew from New York to Arkansas in the morning with a small staff. She spoke to Jim Bob and Michelle for 50 minutes. The producers then flagged her to wrap — the interview was airing the same night — so she could move on to interview the daughters. They sped back to the airport, where she frantically sifted through a 36-page transcript, made her own edits and had her assistant email them back from the plane.

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By the time she got back to her Fox News office at 7:30, she was met with a flurry of activity. “The head of editing had five editors stay, which is unprecedented in the history of Fox News, because it requires money,” Kelly deadpans. Thirty minutes before the show, the edit was still six minutes too long. “In response to which I sent an email that said, ‘We are f—ed,’” recalls Kelly, who promises she rarely swears in emails. “You know how a person finds superhero strength to lift a car off a child? That’s where I was at that moment. Everything became clear.” The show was being edited as the broadcast started — and she kept telling her team not to celebrate as segments aired intact, because there was still a chance that viewers would be met with dead air in the middle.

Kelly’s job is a high-wire act, all the more complicated because she has three young children. “She’s a freakishly good mother,” says her sister-in-law Diane Brunt, a shell fisherman in Cape Cod. “It’s kind of unbelievable.” Kelly says that motherhood is her most important responsibility, and that she’s lucky her husband, Doug Brunt, has a job that allows him the time to bring their kids for play-dates to Fox, and to put them to bed at night.

Kelly, who was raised in upstate New York, says her sense of humor was shaped by her parents. When she was 15, her father died of a heart attack 10 days before Christmas. Her mom eventually went back to work as a nurse, and ended up crying during a meeting with the doctors she was meant to supervise. “Even in that moment, she looked at the doctors and said: ‘These tears are not for you. These tears are for my husband.’ That’s my role model,” Kelly says.

She spent a decade as a corporate litigator, but was so captivated by the idea of doing TV news she worked on weekends at ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. She commuted from Maryland, where she lived in an apartment infested with mice. “I killed 21 in just one year,” Kelly brags, adding that she personally removed the carcasses herself. That experience may have helped her deal with the Internet pests that routinely attack her. “More often than not, we get hit by critics who have an agenda about Fox News,” she says, though she tries to keep an open mind over valid complaints about her work.

The blogosphere was divided over her interview with the Duggars. Many felt she went too easy on them. “Somebody in writing up my interview with the Duggars said, ‘She went Barbara Walters on us.’ I took that as a compliment,” Kelly says. Ailes, who watched “most of it,” gives his anchor high marks on how she handled a delicate subject. “The people who criticized the interview obviously didn’t like the Duggars, and so they wanted her to be tougher on them, but tougher how?” Ailes says. “She asked every question that had to be asked.“

Kelly conducts her evening show live — she’s the only primetime anchor on Fox to consistently do so — in a cavernous studio bathed in blue lights, on the 12th floor. Her colleagues are quick to note how difficult the broadcast is: “She shapes her interviews based on a whole lot of legwork that she does,” says her executive producer, Tom Lowell. Another ingredient in the broadcast: the three-inch heels behind the desk, which are glimpsed during the camera’s wide shots across her opaque desk. “I think she should have a shoe cam,” says Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean.

On a recent night, Kelly, assisted by two hair-and-makeup staffers, each toting a carry-on bag of beauty products, kicks off the show by examining a proposal by the Obama administration to offer housing grants that would promote neighborhood diversification. She then jumps into an on-camera interview with convicted murderer Michael Alig about the conditions of the upstate New York prison from which David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped. She chides him at the end when he says he’s grown a lot since killing a man. At the commercial, she turns to her crew. “I hope I live,” she says. “He’s here in the building.”

When Kelly first came to Fox News, she wasn’t as loose and flip on the air, and she learned her journalism chops from Washington, D.C., managing editor Brit Hume. “Nobody asked me about my political stripes,” Kelly says. “When Roger Ailes hired me, he knew I was the daughter of a college professor and a nurse. There was nothing in this resume that would telegraph she’s a secret conservative.” She says she’s never been told to go easy on Republican guests. “There have been so many times when I challenged Republicans on air — in big moments,” she says. “And my boss keeps promoting me.”

She’s not had trouble negotiating her salary either. “I always have people telling me, ‘You’re not going to get that much.’ And I’d say to them, ‘I’m going to get that, and more. Because I’m worth it,” she says. “The smart bet is on me.”

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  1. SO Megan, how do YOU feel about YOUR “squeaky clean girl” Hitlery NOW?!? You have spent your entire time SLAMMING Donald Trump for speaking the TRUTH about her since Day One EVERY chance you get, so now YOU will probably “pivot, defend & condone” ANYTHING that HildaBeast has said OR done in her THIRTY YEARS OF CRIME, LIES & EXTREME CORRUPTION,
    which she WILL continue to do….just like the REST of her “Groupie Followers” who obviousjy hate their Country & would sell us ALL out for the likes of THAT dirty old “Scum Bag”!! YOU ARE ALL A SHAMEFULLY DISGUSTING “BASKET OF GROSS DISPICABLES”. FOR EVER SUPPORTING THIS NARCISSISTIC PATHOLOGICAL LIAR!! I wonder “IF” ANY of YOU will EVER “ADMIT” that you were 100% WRONG for defending this horrible woman?!?

  2. Suzanne LaMer says:

    Megyn, I watch you EVERY night and actually we share the same birthday, but Im obviously older than you are.
    As a TRUE Scorpio, I must say I was VERY disappointed in your actions this evening as YOU obviously have a real HUGE vendetta against Mr. Trump from some of your past allegations possibly?! He has a RIGHT to defend himself against Hillary’s INDUCED LIES about him! She will ALWAYS PIVOT & LIE to distract from HER OWN LIES & CORRUPTION! I guess I just never quite realized until tonight what HUGE “Hillary Lover, Condoner & Defender” that YOU truly are!! YOU are equally as BIASED (like Newt Gingrich said to you tonight,) as the REST of the liberal FAR left biased media!
    YOU will air ANYTHING you can dig up which is against Trump, but you WILL discuss, make excuses for & condone EVERYTHING that WILL help Hillary! Why don’t you go to work for CNN = you would fit in MUCH better over there & you would certainly be a huge help to them in trying to get her voted in! Right now you have General Allen on IN DEFENSE of Hillary, and I can tell you a real good “General Story!” My Uncle was State Rep for two terms on the Democratic ticket and he is rolling over in his grave with the likes of Hillary and the Washington establishment right now! In fact I will venture to say that not only my Uncle but ALL of the Kennedys (if they were alive today ) would DEFINITELY be Republican and casting their votes for DONALD TRUMP!!
    I am an Intl Flight Attendant for major carrier and I had one of Hillary’s ex Secret Service guys on board to London a few years back. He came into my Galley in First Class & he told me this story and now wrote the following in his new book, of “General Barry McCaffrey tried to hold the door open for her at the White House as they were all walking in one day, and she told him, NO ONE holds the door open for me…LEAST of all a man in uniform!” I WILL refer to her a “low life” for that comment = HOW DARE HER!! Her Ex Secret Service also told me, “He was NOT going to die under the Clinton watch so he resigned & said he wanted to write a book,” & he DID & I see that it was just recently published! He also told me “what a B—tch she was to EVERYONE around her = Staff, Secret Service Detail, ANYONE who got in her way!! He also told me “what a lying, evil, crime ridden place that the White House had become since The Clinton Kleptocracy took up residence there!” He told me “He felt SO sorry for Chelsea with Hillary’s FILTHY mouth & how HildaBeast screams & yells & she drinks A LOT and & then “she swears like a truck driver!”
    I wastold that ALL of this IS divulged in his book,as a F/A friend of mine recently read it. Furthermore, he told me that “the Clintons had someone called “Mr. Fix It” on their PAYROLL for over 24 years “to bury and HIDE” (does THIS sound familiar Megan,) discriminating paperwork from Vince Foster’s office= (Hillary’s part time lover) & how “Mr. Fix It” kept the Press away for OVER two hours so that under the watchful eye of Hillary had her Staff get Mr Foster’s safe cracked & took BOXES of the discriminating FACTS out his safe in his Office and have it moved to HER White House residence BEFORE the FBI came and to investigate Vince Foster’s death after Vince was “mysteriously” found dead in a park with a gun “planted” by his face to make it look like a suicide! She also had Bill Clintons sexcapades = including “ladies of the night,”Interns, Movie Stars ( “that is when became addicted to power and money the day they set foot in Los Angeles with the Movie Stars,” this all of is what he told me! HildaBeast then proceeded to have the women ALL followed, slandered, and lied about through “Mr. Fix It” to DESTROY their lives FOREVER.,,lock at Monica Lewinski after HildaBeast got a hold of her! He was involved with her in her Whitewater Schemes also! This is ALL before Benghazi, (and me being a PROUD Military Mom of a decorated Navy fighter pilot of both Iraq and Bosnia,) this does NOT set well with AT ALL with me OR any other Military Mothers!! FOUR MEN came home in flag draped coffin’s due to her POOR JUDGEMENT & HER UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR, and all she can say is, “there are four dead man & what does it matter at this point?”
    Then we have the STUNNINGLY IMMORAL UNETHICAL Email Scandel from that “lying sack of you know what,” “obstructed justice” by SELF destroying & burning the evidence YET ONCE AGAIN, & this is AFTER Was warned that they needed to secure that information and the FBI needed to take a look at it! Megan you and I would be in jail if we did that and you know it as well as I do as an attorney! Our entire family used to be Democrat for YEARS, and since Hillary came into the picture as a running mate we have all left as I can large professional moral and ethical family we are now Republican and PROUD to say so! They even told her even has the DOJ, the FBI and probably the IRS = ALONG with the LIBERAL BIASED NEWS MEDIA i.e., “Clinton News Network”, MSNBC and “SOME peopl” @ FOX are ALL COLLUDING to get her elected as well. You know as well as I do Megan that she could go out and murder someone tonight, & God only knows MANY people have died themselves under the Clinton watch, but she WILL get away with it!!
    Now let’s move onto her “Chicago Mob Style Ponzi Scheme Clinton Kleptocracy Foundation” where the Clintons have pocketed & will continue to PSY FOR PLAY over 90% of their “donations” and only give 10% to the likes of the POOR poverty stricken people of Haiti, ALL who HATE “HildaBeast & Slick Willy’s” Guts = just like ANYONE with half an ounce of brains DO just as well!! But YOU Megyn, just like Newt Gingrich said tonight, focus ONLY on the “SEX” part….are YOU kidding me right now?!? Even if he did do something ELEVEN OR FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, that is NOT putting this Country in lethal jeopardy but you can be CERTAIN and CLEAR that Hillary WILL put us into another WAR with her arrogance like the illicit DESTROYED Emails, AND the “Foundation”, AND what happened in Benghazi that fateful night!! She IS also “more of the same” of NO DRAMA OBAMA!! ISIS will also spread WORSE than it has already! ANYONE in the Military & ANY Veteran will tell you that ISIS would LOVE to have Hillary Clinton in office as President because she will DO NOTHING = just like she has done ( along with OBsma,) for the last THIRTY YEARS!! The Clintons and the Obamas have done the most military cutbacks of ANY Presidents in history and we have OLD the battleships, OLD airplanes, & NOT enough of EITHER and we NEED to update & expand our Military, but you will NEVER get that from Hitlery = I PROMISE you that!! I can make you this promise also tonight, and that is that I will watch Brett Hume, Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Jesse Waters, and ALL of the rest of FOX, but I will NOT be tuning into YOUR show anymore after tonight! You are a HUGE disappointment and you came across as “a controlling know it all,” and as though you ARE looking to do ANYTHING you can to damage Trump further! I got your Hillary! Just keep watching the WikiLeaks dumps and sticking up for her. It would actually behoove you to really make a list of her LIES alone! Now I would venture to say you also probably voted for OBama also & that’s OK = “to each his own,” but as for me who has had an inside track for a while, who is a military mother, who is the niece of an Ex State Rep for 2 terms, AND who lives in Chicago, (which is Hillary’s and Obama’s hometown,) where we have more killings than in the Middle East, & NOTHING IS DONE!! They should BOTH be ashamed of themselves, and so should YOU for “defending” the likes of the Clintons and their CORRUPT, EVIL WAYS, and it saddens me to think that someone like YOU would “SELL OUT” & our Great Country &!its MORALS for such an EVIL, pathological LIAR, Sociopath SO called “woman” like Hillary Clinton, & then “throw salt in any wound” of Mr.Trump EVERY chance YOU get for something that probably didn’t even EVER happen, and EACH day it looks more & more through Wiki Leaks as though this ALL was paid for by that “evil woman” that YOU condone!
    Anyone that PAYS to “Bleach Bit” their emails, SELF DESTROYS their emails, and smashes phones and iPads with a hammer, HAS A LOT TO HIDE & SHE SHOULD BE IN PRISON!!
    IM VERY SURPRISED & DISAPPOINTED AT YOUR ACTIONS TONIGHT! Again, you really should be at CNN or MSNBC as tonight YOU showed your “True Colors” & you DO fit the Liberal Biased News Anchors profiles!! You were also EXTREMELY disrespectful, but like peaches & creme with Hilly’s people you interviewed!! Thank You for at least letting us know “where” you stand! Good Luck with ALL of that!! Suzanne LaMer

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Megan kelly is a disgrace as a reporter

    • Tom W says:

      Wow! A reporter who will attack Conservatives and Republicans. Gee, we sure need a few more of those. How brave of her!
      When I see an article extolling the virtues of a reporter on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, or HLN for asking Liberals and Democrats tough questions …. well, we know that’ll never happen

  4. I think megan kelly should be fired. I am surprised fox news associates with her

  5. Dottie Bell says:

    Megyn Kelly thinks she is above and beyond of what she really is. She needs to quit acting so stupid as to all the hand signs, giggling and facial expressions. She needs to clean up her stupid act, dress like a professional and act like a professional. The clothes she wears is not professional. No professional goes to work looking like they are attending an after five gathering. I wouldn’t give Hannity’s and O’Reilly’s show for ten of hers.

  6. Pat says:

    Kelly hasn’t even begun to reach her peak yet; she’s very much the modern Annie Oakley if she’d stop trying to be so flirtatious and cutesy for the variety of men who appear on her shows, and stop wearing slinky glamorous dresses like the one in this photo which is obviously made to appeal to dominant men models. Like Hillary, and a very few others, she’s a maverick!

    • Pat her career is over. She is a gold digger. She waited 10 yrs to report Ailes. She is a trouble maker. An opportunist. She was dumb enough and bold enough and dumb enough to pick on Trump during the debates. She did not do it to the other candidates. She is mean and now even ugly to me.

  7. Doug says:

    I’m sorry to see that Megan Kelly can use her position to influence the election. It’s plain to see she has a chip on her shoulder for Trump. She is able to manipulate the program to suit herself. Shame on Fox news!

  8. kate says:

    Megan Kelly is awful!! When Trump’s spokesperson was speaking last night, Kelly brings up his comments about reporters are disgusting, not all…. She kept speaking over his spokesperson, total disrespect. Hey, we have freedom of speech and we have freedom of the press – he can say what he wants and you cant print what you want. Back off woman!

  9. Tom W says:

    Well, finally there is another network who will attack Republican candidates while treating Democrats like Hillary with adoration!! I mean up till now we’ve only had ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and a dozen or so others who filled this role. Super idea, Fox!

  10. Jon Gormen says:

    Kelly is fine. She is interesting and irrelevant enough to puncture some hot air balloons called politicians. I enjoy her. People should not get so invested in political; candidates and elected officials. They usually have feet of clay and are not worth getting all worked up over. Trump deserves a few sarcastic, snarky comebacks given his overbearing hubris filled personality. He might make a good President and Kelly’s jabs would be the least of his concerns.
    She is smart and entertaining. Many are intimidated by her quick wit and penetrating questions. She is a TV personality after all not the leader of some nation.

  11. Enza says:

    Noted, she used to be on just before O,Reilly but not since “I’ll be there” comment,

  12. Marjorie Homlar says:

    I started watching Fox news because of Bill O’reily, I stopped watching Fox news because of Megan Kelly. I am all for Trump !!!

  13. tevra1 says:

    Megyn does not seem to realize that she was only put on display because of the way she looks in a short skirt. Have you ever seen a Fox News gal in anything other than a shirt skirt?

  14. Dick Scheidell says:

    I’m 80 years old and try never to miss your hour. (record) You push all my buttons, you are smart, witty and able to think on your feet. Plus you are a pretty lady and have earned your place in the business. Thank you for keeping me informed.
    Dick Scheidell
    LaGrange, Ky.

  15. Actually I’m a big fan of Megyn, my only complaint about her is that she says that she tries to keep an open mind over valid complaints about her work, but yet she refuses to admit that she took Trumps comments about Rosie O’Donnell out of text. I took the time to download the video of what Trump said about Rosie O’Donnell and it was quite evident that he was addressing Rosie and not women in general. There’s one very important thing every good reporter must learn, it’s better to address your mistake instead of denying it. People can be very forgiving to reporters that say their sorry. I’ve seen many slip ups by reporters in the past and most of them were able to save their ratings with a simple apology. Personally I think that she was trying a little too hard to impress her boss by being hard on Trump and she slipped up and miss worded her question to Trump. She could have easily worded her question in a way that would have been accurate and still had the effect of being hard on Trump. The look on her face also made her question look like an attack. If this is not somehow corrected, it will affect Fox’s ratings. The American people are fed up with all Politicians and her attack on Trump is not going to go away. Over 80% of Americans are waking up, and they’re not go to vote for a Politician. This will be an election that will change politics as we know it.

    • I agree, and then Fox made her, of all people, a moderator again. Plus she has doubled and tripled down on her false accusations of him since that horrible job she did as a moderator. She should go back to her former career.

  16. mariza says:

    i think megyn was very rude in asking donald that question. i don’t know if was her who wrote that. moderators aren’t the star the debate. she asked not a president candidate, but the entertainment. guy

  17. C.C. Clark says:

    Megyn Kelley owes Donald Trump a big apology for her extreme bias and rudeness in the debates, 8/6/15. Roger Ailes should also apologize and suspend/fine Megyn. I am no longer a proud Fox
    viewer. Obviously, Megan does not Want to Make America Great Again!

  18. Linda Bolin says:


    • I don’t know what you have against her, but at least she tells the truth. I have studied, and looked up some things she say’s , and it is accurate.
      Cnn, ABC, CBS, and most of the others can only say what Obama, and his men will let them say. She don’t care.
      She is very Patriartic, she loves this country, and she gets the truth out so you can judge for yourself. If you ask me, I think we need more Bold people to make a stand, and tell it like it is, instead of always editing out anything that might hurt Obama’s feeling, or all others for that matter.
      We need news people to tell us the truth. There are so many cover ups that the US really don’t know what other countries do know. Sometimes it is very important, and everyone in the US needs to know these things.
      Hey I don’t agree with her on a lot of things, ex.- Gays, Transgender, but at least she gets the truth out there.
      I would garuntee, that if we had a Boom that was going to go off somewhere to kill Christians, all news people would not tell it because of panic, they say. Megan, would get it out in a heart beat, so people could get out, as many as could. I am not saying there would not be panic. But better panic, and lives get saved, than nothing from news, and they all die.
      I don’t mean to offend you in any way.
      This is my thoughts, and only mine. So you can call me what you want to, because it is just news we are talking about, not a nuclear Bomb. She can’t hurt anyone, She can try to get people to tell the truth.
      If I offended you, I am sorry.
      God Bless you, and God bless the USA

  19. Pat says:

    i think Megan needs to get over her self.

  20. Marilyn Sutton says:

    She sure didn’t show any signs of being a Star reporter during the Debate, she acted like a spoiled child, like she had been turned down by a lover and was out for revenge. No one cared about his passed non political experiences, we wanted to no where he stood politically, what his plans where if he became President. She wasted our time, I was very disappointed, I wanted to know what his plans where for our Country. Megyn should take up working for the Enquirer and Celeb Gossip Columns.

  21. tomnysons says:

    Going to do some deep research on Megyn Kelly. She give the impression that she’s in a tizzy most of the time, and I sure would love to find out about her roots (not the suicide blonde ones) to see how she qualifies for a job, where diplomacy is a necessity. She really needs to learn how to kill with kindness, and not infuriate a whole country, with her baby flashing eyes,

  22. p51d007 says:

    I think Kelly wants to be one of the “big three” anchor’s, and probably gets skewered by her friends in her social circle in “the hamptons” areas. She probably wants OFF Fox, and the only way to do that is to pummel anyone that can increase her so called respectability in the NY social set.

    • NewsShooter says:

      I don’t think she wants “off” Fox. Ailes appears to be grooming her to become the network’s star broadcaster. Notice that she eschewed prior offers from ABC and NBC, where she’d likely be a much smaller fish. With her current ratings, she can write her own ticket at Fox.

  23. ulostmeFOX! says:

    There you go ditz!!!! PROOF of your misandrist stupidity! You actually have LIBERAL DEMOCRATS CONGRATULATING YOU!!! Does THAT wake your blonde ass up!? Good job Megyn.. Hillary just got help from another secret handshake misandrist… YOU!!!! You blew it honey! Really, don’t call me never trust a blonde with a microphone…

  24. NewsShooter says:

    I became interested in learning more about Megyn after the watching debates on Fox last week–a channel previously so far off my radar, I had to search my cable system’s menu five times to locate the channel in my line-up. Like many liberal Democrats, I’ve generally been hugely critical of Fox News’ editorial slant, but I thought Kelly’s questions to the GOP candidates were both tough and fair.

    Now that I know she claims to be an independent, and from reading the rest of her quotes in the article, I’m now inclined to give Ms. Kelly’s journalistic endeavors more attention, and more credence. (Warning: Slightly sexist comment approaching . . . ) By the way, if you ever happen to read this, Ms. Kelly, you did also look incredibly hot on debate night!

    • NewsShooter says:

      I just found out about Kelly’s 2013 Santa Claus/Jesus Christ comments: Odd, racist-sounding, and weirdly off-base comments for a broadcaster to make. I’ll have to walk-back my previous remarks, and withhold judgement on her journalistic aptitude after seeing more of her work, but those comments alone are enough to skew my opinion (previous to the debates, I didn’t know of Ms. Kelly or her work).

    • Last Thursday night Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump about some of the ‘horrible’ things he’s said to women. In that question, she said this among her line-up of insults: “You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
      Now the way that statement was framed by Kelly implies that Trump was being sexually suggestive, alluding that it would be a pretty picture to see that contestant on her knees…you know. But that’s not what happened at all. In the clip from Celebrity Apprentice, Brett Michaels was explaining to Trump that Brande Roderick didn’t want to get fired and had gotten down on her knees and begged not to be fired.
      Trump responded “excuse me, you dropped to your knees?” Roderick responded “Yes.” She invented her question to make Trump bad.

      • Carol Ard says:

        Megyn Kelly is the one who owes Trump an apology as most of what she picked up as women insults were on a TV show that was scripted….Kelly has a type A personality and with her attorney savyness she is too quick to make someone guilty or else….

      • at says:

        “She invented her question to make Trump bad”
        …. or was that incompetence due to poor homework on her part?

        not siding with Trump but Kelly was quite obviously stern looking –
        like going for the jugular to get the man down, when she was supposed to be just moderating.
        just watch the replay to clarify…

    • NewsShooter says:

      I just had to mention the “hot” comment, since it was became impromptu topic at our newsroom (I work at another network), the day after the debates. I also mentioned to a co-worker (a long-time, former CBS newswriter), “I thought Megyn’s questions to the candidates were quite good, especially the one about Trump’s derogatory remarks about women,” and he very much agreed (we’re both liberal Democrats). I admit, I haven’t seen any of your previous work, but as far as your performance went at the debates, a job well-done, Megyn!

  25. ulostmeFOX! says:

    I WAS an avid FOX watcher (for years) until I saw MK blow it for everyone… I’m really glad they got all-time high ratings for ONE NIGHT because THIS guy will never watch it again.. I DVR’d the Kelly show By this SINGLE woman’s actions, she has only HELPED the country’s greatest fear..HILLARY. When we quit watching FOX it plays straight into HILDABEAST ‘ greedy fat hands.. Way to go Kelly. Or, was THAT your plan all along? Hmmm. In her hubris of how ‘smart’ she is, she took a serious lesson from Candy Crowley and made it her own.. Candy 2.0 indeed… sick to my stomach. By Kelly’s stance on women she made it ABUNDANTLY clear SHE is a misandrist just like the beast, AND CROWLEY! Way to go Ms. Megyn! Out of the closet and into the garbage bin you go! I think I need to go wash.. I was able to grimace and bear (because of you, BUT) Juan, Kirsten, Allen and the other buffoons but you? Shame on you.. I pray your night of fame was worth it cuz honey if you were the last person left in a burning building, well, YOU figure it out; your hubris should be kicking in about now… FEMINIST DITZ; ONE EACH!

    • NewsShooter says:

      I find your post difficult to read due to its erratic capitalization. And, I’m not exactly sure of the source of your vitriol for Ms. Kelly in particular (also, I didn’t quite get the Candy Crowley reference). According to the article, some view Megyn as the “sane one” at Fox (a title likely not hard to attain, given the company she keeps in their prime-time line-up). As for “news sources” I still think the most reliable ones come from print (e.g., The New York Times, The Guardian, etc.) and the wire services (e.g., AP, Reuters, etc.). If your only news source is broadcast and cable news, you’re likely only getting a very small part of the picture (pardon the pun).

      • ulostmeFOX! says:

        Further, if u r caught short on the Crowley connection, it’s not a shocker.. after all it was longer than 8 minutes ago! If you actually READ ALL of your cited news references I wouldn’t have been the first to inform u of the connection. Libs, S L O W moving, S L O W E R thinking, S L O W E S T in actually doing! Hey, KOOLAID!

      • ulostmeFOX! says:

        Not surprising, you built too low to ground. Faster one’s go right over your skull. Back to your cave kool-aid drinker; we’ll wake you for the election. Protect this ditz at your own peril Copernicus..

  26. Frank oliva says:

    You will never be a Barbara Walters. As a former republican who went independent will go dem because of your Childress attack on Trump. What you do NOT understand that has hit a nerve in this country which you cannot see or hear. Rather you choose to be AGGRESSIVE in an ATTeMPT to be an obvious reporter with some sort of agenda. What happen to Gov Christy “bridgegate”. On your questions. Pretty clear I believe. I watch fox except for you

    • Warren Miller says:

      Mr. Oliva, I think you’re too illiterate to ever have been a Republican. What do you have against a journalist who challenges politicians instead of kissing their backsides? I’ll bet you hated the late Tim Russert, too.

      I want my president to know what heat from the Fourth Estate feels like. One of the many problems with Emperor Obama is that the press has kissed his backside and covered up his grotesque temperament, bald-faced lies, and utter incompetence for more than 6-1/2 years. The relationship between press and politicians should be like the one between fox-hounds and foxes.

      BTW, I want Kelly to continue to address hard questions to EVERY person who thinks s/he has the chops to be POTUS. I just wish every other MSM shill would do the same thing, starting with Emperor Hussein.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    For Megyn Kelly and her promotion of women’s rights, she had not problem years ago posing in what I consider an attractive, provocative photo. She wears often dresses in a less than conservative fashion, and often speaks out of what appears to be her struggle between working and being a mother. I am not fan and have never been!

    • NewsShooter says:

      Personally, I’m a huge fan of women dressing attractively. I think Fox knows this, since glancing at a few of their programs since the debates, I noticed that their female co-hosts tend to be very attractive. Plus, the short skirts and high heels don’t hurt. I endured a rather annoying program called “Red Eye” for like 20 minutes just to ogle the cute brunette. Sexist? Yes. But it’s not like Fox News is “real” news anyway.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Whoops, meant “unattractive.”

      • chickaboomer says:

        I wish Megan would lose those hair extensions …

      • Jen says:

        She dresses quite attractively. I don’t think anyone asked you to write the dress code for conservative women. If you work that hard to have a figure like that then why not wear attractive clothes. She’s smart and she’s earned her right to be there. Trump was just gross with his comments.

  28. Ross Gardner says:

    I’m done with FoxNews because of the lack of good questions to Trump in the GOP Debate. It was manipulative. Unfair. Can’t trust them now.

    • Warren Miller says:

      Oh, poor little Donald Trump. He’s not used to disagreement of any kind, so he dirties his diapers when he gets it. He loves to throw punches, but, when it comes to taking one, he has a glass jaw. What a mealy-mouthed whiner. He compounds dimwitted arrogance with an equally dim intellect. He has about as much temperament for the job of POTUS as Emperor Obama, which is to say–ZILCH.

      Trump can’t be elected dog-catcher, except by a bunch of Kool-Aid-quaffing mullets with a mean I.Q. that doesn’t make it to double digits.

  29. jude says:

    Enjoy fox news always integrity. Lately the woman are all dressing and makeup abit over the top. My daughter. And I both like you but your look seems to be getting a bit much. sincerely a viewer

  30. Kelly, in part because of your program, we have been better informed to share our views with others on important issues facing our country. Your knowledge and ability to ask fairly the tough questions are refreshing. We thank you and look forward to a long relationship watching The Kelly File.

  31. ANN "GREG" URBAN says:

    Kelly, I have been in awe of you for years now. You really have it all and it is put together well. I am a great grandmother of 2 baby girls under 2 now.. and watching you gives me faith in what these girls will grow into. You are a great role model and I appreciate the job you do for America.

  32. CeeBee says:

    Much respect to Megan Kelly- until today. On the day of Pickney funeral, in the aftermath of mass murder, she runs an interview regarding the daeth of a white woman by a black man. Timing coincidental? My heart goes out to the victims of that workplace incident which may be classified as an act of terrorism by some. But neglecting a clearly racist incident of the past werk to stoke racist ire with a story from a year ago is disengenious and cowardice. Mot to mention the implications that gun ownership is the answer to gun violence. If only victims of racism had the wisdom she had. Kelly used to be her own person but has sold out to partisan fearmongering. While the country is in shock and mourning, Ms Kelly turned her head.

  33. Rachael Reif says:

    So what ARE Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments……

    • CeeBee says:

      Ask Megan. She knows. As do most Americans. A

    • Richard says:

      Good question!

    • bob s says:

      she stalked and married bill………she wasn’t home at 3 am to take the bengazi call……out hunting bill down…….she played twister with the russkies……she acted like a caught wild animal at the bengazi hearings…….she went to a thrift store for a used reset button……….she suffed herself like a pig at free dinners around the world………she never got CAUGHT with her pant suit down………she employed a lot of “shout” for those accidental discharges……….she told the press to eat bleep and die (might ACTUALLY be a good accomplishment)………she finally answered the phone at 3 a m and confirmed her pizza order……

  34. bob s says:

    still want an answer- how does one go from never working full time in the industry to landing a job at a #1 market station in the country? maybe like hillabilly debeast she……ah never mind.

  35. Darryl Smith says:

    Please Ms. Kelly…tell us all what Hills has accomplished other than getting Americans killed in Benghazi.

  36. Bonnie F. says:

    Megyn Kelly, will NEVER rise to the level of an Oprah, Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer because she lacks the humility, sincerity, integrity and compassion were trademark characteristics of those women. In order to achieve their stature she must first demonstrate basic human decency, which she does not.

    • Jan says:

      Yes, she will be much, much bitter than Oprah, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. She’s very bright and you are sooooo wrong in what you said!!!!!!!

  37. Margot says:

    Megyn Kelly’s prep for the Kelly File… Slip into a sleeveless minidress (even if it is five below zero)…slap on those false eyelashes and thick black liner…slip into those spiked heels… clip on the biggest, gaudiest earrings you can find… drink a quart of coffee….It’s showtime!!! Stare vacuously while you read from the teleprompter….act outraged at EVERYTHING you read…. and don’t forget to shreik once in a while….and last but not least…..get flirtatious (especially when Brit Hume is on the show).

    • Ian Sackville-West says:

      Right. And her delivery is terrible!

    • RobertJ says:

      Pretty accurate. Also, when she used to do short segments as a pundit on O’Reilly, she spoke at a normal volume and rate. Shortly after she got her own show, she started to do this bizarre bit where she suddenly starts TalkingReallyFast, running her words together, punctuated by random shrieks, giggles, attempted “jokes”, acting like she’s flirting with cameramen or other crew, constantly referring to herself, referencing how cool or funny or bad-ass she thinks she is. It’s like when Rachel Maddow furrows her brow, gets out her pen, and circles or marks through an item on the sheet of paper in front of her, with this taking-herself-way-too-seriously facial expression, or puts her hands together in a “praying hands” gesture & starts shaking her clutched hands at the camera “for emphasis”. Apparently someone in a board room (or on Facebook) tells these people “you look really _____ (“smart”, “sexy”, “cool” whatever) when you do that !”, so they start doing it every two minutes. Ironically, Megyn Kelly & Rachel Maddow have a shared problem—- they’ve both heard, too many times from their respective sheeple fan base, how “awesome” they are, and both Kelly & Maddow believe the hype.

      • bob s says:


      • bob s says:

        don’t forget…..”look in mirror- practice cutesey smirk and tiny head nod” (tiny head nod so microphone won’t pick up rocks and marbles rolling in head).

  38. Rachel Poland says:

    ICK. She creeps me out. She’s drinking way too much of the Fox Kool-Aid for me to trust her…ever.

  39. Anne says:

    If Megyn Kelly hasn’t gotten Hillary’s number by now either she isn’t as smart as some of you all believe or she is the most disingenuous fake phony fraud to report the news. Ms. Kelly needs to list all of Hillary’s accomplishments and to be fair and balanced she needs to list Hillary’s many failures. Ms. Kelly also needs to list the reason(s) why she respects Hillary. Again, to be fair and balanced she needs to list the many reasons why so many Americans do not trust or respect the woman.

  40. Lynda says:

    Ms. Kelly: “I respect Hillary and all that she has achieved.” Really? At what cost? From one over aggressive female attorney to another…their motto is: WIN AT ANY COST. Both of these attorneys belong in divorce court where they can rant and rave and put on a show because that is all they know.

  41. JoAnn Cataldo says:

    we watch her every night. She is the best and she gives the person she’s interviewing a chance to answer without talking over them. Great show.

  42. billfox284 says:

    She’s the best. O’Reilly and Hannity should retire. I’d be fine with Megan and a few more intelligent females be the talent. And yes, it’s news commentary, so it takes more than just a talking head. These girls have a brain too. Yes it helps that she’s a babe, but that’s not why she’s a star. Lots of babes. Not many with her brains, wit and charm. Notice I didn’t say Conservative. If they’re intellectually honest, then they’re way more conservative than the rest of the slime media.

  43. Evie Miller says:

    Megen, It seems like you allow Richard to psychoanalyze you..He’s is not as astute communicator as you are able to be.

  44. Joe bilotta says:

    While not a FNC kool aid drinker, I think the article is representative of MG and her body of work…she has a legitimate chance to separate herself from the pundits on the network and establish her intellectual credibility…not confident the systemic bias at FNC will afford her the opportunity, but if it does she has a generational shot at being over the top successful and will redefine appointment viewing.

  45. Drew Robles says:

    Megyn couldn’t give a hoot that liberals trust
    her or not, she gives the facts & smart analysis and her ratings are through the roof…
    a trifecta!

  46. Aero Nomer says:

    Everything on Fox is controversial? Only if you’re part of the lame-stream media. So out of touch…

  47. boudicca says:

    And Rodham Clinton’s achievements are?
    Btw, I, too, am an Independent woman…..who just never votes Dem.

  48. boltuprite says:

    She praised Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments, but didn’t list a single one of them. We’re waiting breathlessly.

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