Fox News to Launch Megyn Kelly Newsmaker Specials (EXCLUSIVE)

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Following her big scoop with the Duggar family earlier this month, Megyn Kelly is landing her own series of primetime specials on Fox News, Variety has learned.

The one-hour shows, which launch early next year, will be similar to the Barbara Walters interviews with world leaders and celebrities that turned the iconic journalist into a mega-star for ABC in the ’80s and ’90s.

Kelly’s specials will focus on newsmakers in politics, sports and Hollywood. Fox News Channel chairman Roger Ailes intends to build each hour around a single sponsor. “Listen, Megyn is so good today that there is no interview I would not want her to do,” Ailes tells Variety.

Kellly’s interview with Joe Bob and Michelle Duggar, which aired during the anchor’s primetime evening show “The Kelly Files” in early June, scored 3.1 million viewers. And as Kelly told Variety in this week’s cover story, she’s interested in doing more longform journalism, as a lifelong fan of “Oprah.”

Among those Kelly would love to sit down with? “I think Hillary Clinton could handle me — easily,” Kelly told Variety.

“That would be epic television,” she said. “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.”

Also on her wish list: Caitlyn Jenner, who has yet to give an interview as a woman, and Kim Kardashian-West.

“I want to know if she’s a force for good or evil,” Kelly says of the queen of selfies. “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. 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.”

For more about Kelly, read this week’s Variety cover story.

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  1. Judy says:

    I have a feeling that many people will be leaving Fox because of Megyn’s behavior Thurs. night. She was going after Trump and she didn’t care who knew it. Even before the program started, she was so gitty and anxious to get to Trump. Very immature young lady.

    • jsm1963 says:

      I know Fox viewers may not have recognized it, but that was actually good journalism. All she did was ask him about his controversial statements. Were you among those who felt asking Palin about what newspapers she read was uncalled for?

  2. iambicpentamaster says:

    “And as Kelly told Variety in this week’s cover story, she’s interested in doing more longform journalism, as a lifelong fan of “Oprah.””

    Q: What do you get when you cross David Frost with Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey?

    A: Megyn Kelly

  3. Petergosenya says:

    I probably think this would be a wonderful move for Kelly and put her real talents into a talk show. I stopped watching Foxnews a long time ago maybe because they don’t always give enough airtime to the real issues facing the gay community.

  4. Saundrtrans says:

    I so sad but gee maybe if we hope enough the new Ms Jenner can take over the reins by starting a new talk show and carry on in the wonderful spirit of Barb Walters.I would not miss one single show of Caitlyn.I would very much like to see her new wardrobe.

  5. I thought that b!tch died years ago.

    • Donald Incardona says:

      WOW!!! maybe it’s time for you to take a dirt nap. and also this shows you don’t know what’s going on you ignorant mass of tissue.

      • Petraloonic says:

        Yes! I just cannot believe peoples attitudes especially against women as charming and great looking lady like Barb Walters. They will never recognize true talent even if it hit them in the face. I hope Barb does make a comeback because I can watch her forever.

  6. John says:

    Stay away from the Kardashians and Bruce Jenner, Megyn, as they are attention seeking trash and it will ruin your credibility as a serious journalist. I’d hate to see you end up doing paternity tests on daytime TV.
    Now Hillary would be a good interview, but I don’t think has the courage to go up against you.

    • Donald Incardona says:

      my bet is hillary will do an interview with her. that does,t take courage. she can give it as well as take it. moron.

      • Petraloonic says:

        I want people to know I’m voting for Hillary. It get chills to think she would be our very first lady president. I know with Bill standing beside her how can this nation go wrong. I’m know she will carry on in the footsteps of obama who I voted for also.

      • John says:

        Rips on someones comment with a slurry of misspellings, piss-poor grammar and not enough sense to capitalize someone’s name. So, who’s the moron?

      • Donald Incardona says:

        grammar my ass. bite me. ya got the message twerp.

  7. Jason says:

    Megyn Kelly is alright. If she’s smart she may have a bright career ahead. As for Barbara Walters, it’s great news that the liberal hag is finally too old to keep up and we’re not going to have to see her any more.

    • Donald Incardona says:

      well i guess the entire country is wrong because they loved and respected walters.

      On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:06 AM, Variety wrote:

      > Jason commented: “Megyn Kelly is alright. If she’s smart she may have a > bright career ahead. As for Barbara Walters, it’s great news that the > liberal hag is finally too old to keep up and we’re not going to have to > see her any more.”

  8. Frances Legg says:

    I think it would be great for Megan. My one problem is that she should start dressing like a professional. Her hair needs a good style.

  9. Megyn, please do ask Mrs. Clinton exactly what her accomplishments are. Memorable Senate legislation she sponsored? Any treaties as Secretary of State? Anything that would qualify her as President? Crickets.

  10. jose alcaraz says:

    I think Megan Kelly would be great i.thst type of format

  11. Steve says:

    Really? I didn’t even know Walters was still living.

  12. Sue Ellen says:

    Sorry, Kelly and FOX are going the way of MSNBC shortly due to Ailes’ retirement. No longer watch the “show”. After all, that is all these 24 hour “news” telecasts are – “shows”, as in “give them bread and circuses”.

  13. Bruce Reynolds says:

    I get such a laugh out of the liberals who love to say Fox News is biased. These folks are so used to just getting one side of a story that when they hear the other side of it they are sure it must be fake.

    I started watching Fox after the Iraq invasion. I was watching CNN, and they did a story on a report that came out stating 50,000 civilians had been killed during the invasion. As they told the story, there was video of US forces shooting machine guns, our tanks firing, our planes dropping bombs, etc., which all implied US forces had killed those civilians. Knowing how determined our folks are to avoid civilian casualties, I found this hard to believe. I then switched to one of the NBC networks and saw the same story reported the same way. Then I switched to Fox, and they were reporting the story as well but without the video and more importantly they told the whole story, which was the report also stated that most of the civilian casualties were the result of Iraqi forces using civilians as human shields or indiscriminate fire from Iraqi forces. Ah ha, that vital bit of information was never reported by CNN or NBC because they wanted to make the impression US forces had killed those civilians. They told the story, but not the whole story, which is why I quit watching both of them… just like millions of others.

    Fox may get some things wrong, but when they do they admit it. And they tell the whole story and not just the parts and pieces that advance the storyline they want to tell, and that’s why so many Liberals who only hear half the story from their news sources feel like Fox news is lying. They aren’t.

    • Dee T. says:

      Exactly Bruce. Fox News was the ONLY station where you could even hear two sides. I never watch ABC, CBS, NBC (the worst!) nor CNN anymore. Why bother?

      • Donald Incardona says:

        here’s how it works. ailes tells a guy named zinney. i think that’s his name, what he wants the station to say for today. then zinney writes a memo to all the on air personalities and their producers. then like parrots they say the same talking points all day and all night. the next day they start the process all over again. this ain’t news or fair and balanced. it’s the propaganda of the day. it’s the same way nazi germany ran their news. and ailes knows what you want to hear and he gives it to you. so keep watching and when the country doesn’t go your way you can blame everybody else for not watching the fake news. pathetic.

    • jsm1963 says:

      It’s not so much the bias as the lousy journalism. Like their Charleston coverage. Asking whether they were being targeted because they were Christian when it was already known the shooter told the victims it was because of their race. Basically they were doing everything possible to change the narrative from a white kid targeting black people to anything else. Embarrassing television. That’s just one example.

  14. Rick says:

    Another wonderful reason Fox News rules!

    • Conrad H. says:

      Besides, who needs fair media when you have the abomination that is Faux News! Enjoy living in a bubble where your beliefs are not challenged, nor intelligent.

      • jsm1963 says:

        @wodun Were you aware that MSNBC employs Steve Schmidt and Michael Steele?

      • Ted Nebosky says:

        The left-leaning media include NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, HuffPo, and most metropolitan newspapers that bleeding out from lack of readers. Meanwhile, you cry foul at the thought that a single cable news outlet leans right on the opinion side of its programming (even though its news coverage is right down the middle, and it clearly invites noteworthy opposition for its opinion-based discussions). You decry Fox News as a “bubble” (interesting, since you don’t admit to ever watching it) yet say nothing about MSNBC, whose programming consists exclusively of nodding leftist bobbleheads condemning those on the right as subhuman, without a hint of dissension in sight.

        Your worldview reminds me of an eight-grade social studies teacher I once had, who filled the classroom’s chalkboard with a twenty-foot-wide representation of the political spectrum. At the left were drug-addled radicals who wanted to overthrow democracy. At the right were conservatives and Nazis (lumped together, of course), and directly in the center of this continuum were the neutral, clear-thinking liberals. Sad thing was that he, like most of the left, believe that this is reality. Leftist thought is the truth, floating blissfully in the center of the universe, with those on the right cast as brainless outliers.

        Yes, I know you truly believe you’re right. More’s the pity.

      • Donald Incardona says:

        what is a leftist. come stand in front of me and call me a leftist you fascist.you must love goebbels.

      • jsm1963 says:

        Most of the news outlets you mentioned are better described at “not conservative.” There’s a whole spectrum between the conservative and liberal media.

        You seem to suggest that newspapers are losing readers because of a perceived liberal bias. It’s the internet, smart phones and 24/7 cable news that’s been killing off newspapers. Actually, even cable news has been feeling the pinch from the internet.

        Your perception of balance at Fox News is not the case. You can look at their over the top coverage of Benghazi long after the story died that dwindled to nothing after the November elections last year. Or that they often give virtually no coverage when a Republican politician is in trouble or when the news doesn’t fit their narrative. Other news outlets frequently ad conservatives to their mix. The Washington’s Post’s Op/Ed pages have become notably neocon in recent years. CNN also employs the disgusting Erick Erickson in their effort to be more balanced and MSNBC employs Steve Schmidt and Michael Steele. I frequently see conservatives on both networks.

      • David says:

        Why should the truth ever get in the way of a Liberal?

      • wodun says:

        Oh no, a media organization exists that isn’t totally in the pocket of the Democrat party.

        And as for bubble, did you know Fox has on Democrats as guests and even some of the hosts are Democrats?

      • Donald Incardona says:

        the dems are used as cannon fodder. treated with no respect. please. oh and who are the demodcratic hosts?name them.

      • ploome says:

        do you ever watch FOX news?

      • Donald Incardona says:

        the point is only the people in the bubble watch fox. that’s what a bubble is. you just talk to each other. when somebody that watches real news and turns on fox they quickly find they cant watch, AT ALL. .

  15. Steve Wilson says:

    Megyn has shown a feisty,well informed side for years. Fox put her in the catbird seat for a reason,and you are JUST NOW catching one. I love it. Megyn Rising. Yeah,for you. We Conservatives have loved her logic and passion for years. Welcome to the show.

    • Donald Incardona says:

      you do know that ailes tells all the people what they should say and do on air. and are to repeat what he says all day long. so i don’t know what your talking about.

  16. FiftycalTX says:

    Yah, still waiting for a list of Hillary’s “Accomplishments”.

    • jsm1963 says:

      She played a leading role in the development of State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides the much-needed state support for children whose parents cannot afford nor provide them with adequate healthcare coverage.

      She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.

      Successfully fought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

      She spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War; we now have a term for it – Gulf War Syndrome.

      At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women.

      She was instrumental in securing over $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment.

      Took a leading role in the investigation of health consequences of first responders and drafted the first bill to compensate and offer the health services our first responders deserve (Clinton’s successor in the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, passed the bill).

      Was instrumental in working out a bi-partisan compromise to address civil liberty abuses for the renewal of the U.S. Patriot Act.

      Proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.

      Was a major proponent of sensible diplomacy which brought about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, and brokered human rights with Burma.

      Oversaw free trade agreements with our allies such as Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.

      Was the most traveled Secretary of State to date.

      The Clinton Foundation, founded by her and her husband, has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program.

      • Donald Incardona says:

        very well said. now that you listed some watch the fascists try and knock that down. but they will have to tell lies and cite conspiracies to do it.

    • Skippy says:

      Fiftycal just you wait. We will post them all here and you will be ashamed of yourself. I’m still looking on the net and takes a long time because Hillary has numerous ones. I know people on the net are mean and they like to hide things like these things.

      • Dick Lipski says:

        Just name one achievement Hillary has had as either First Lady, Senator or SOS. Name just one thing she’s done to help make this a better country, please. You’re either dim or a troll if you think there’s a vast right wing conspiracy _hiding_ HRC’s long list of accomplishments on the Internet. And please don’t say, “She traveled to more countries than any other Secretary of State.” So she went more places than anyone else and achieved nothing in doing so. It’s like asking: “How were your grades in school?” and replying with: “I had perfect attendance.” Hillary is a creepy, wrinkled robot in a bumble-bee pantsuit.

      • Donald Incardona says:

        name me one GOP president that did anything good for the country. and don’t say reagan. he should have been impeached for iran / contra. if it weren’t for tip o’neill he would have been. and he was a rabid racist. so go ahead dickweed name me one.

    • Donald Incardona says:

      this is not about clinton deuce bag. it’s about kelly. stay on topic or shut up.

      On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:56 PM, Variety wrote:

      > FiftycalTX commented: “Yah, still waiting for a list of Hillary’s > “Accomplishments”.”

    • Conrad H. says:

      Says the dumb Fox News viewer. You could never be the most traveled Sec. of State. It requires intelligence!

    • Phillip says:

      Gag. Another moron doing interviews.

  17. pegster says:

    LOVE Megyn! She ROCKS!!

  18. Carl Anon says:

    She’s so beautiful and so intelligent. She has it all. Her husband is a lucky man…

  19. eric holder says:

    bruce jenner will NEVER be a woman……

  20. jsm1963 says:

    Apologist with Megyn Kelly®

  21. Dick Enormous says:

    Kim K is a SLUG and her husband is a THUG

  22. dji says:

    gotta get the hot blond more tv time. those old men just love to watch a pretty face and hot body. ailes is such an ass.

    • Sheila says:

      Don’t like this woman at all. She is like a live frozen robot and hard as nails, not in a good way. Cheapish. After all, this is Fox we’re talking about…hahahaha ICK.

    • wodun says:

      This is totally sexist. How dare they put a woman on tv? A woman should be out there working waitress or accounting jobs to support her man getting into the next tier in League of Legends. And all those other stations? They have the good progressive sense to only use homely women in front of the camera and the ones that aren’t homely naturally are surgically altered to be less attractive.

      We have never seen attractive people on tv or in the movies and we shouldn’t start now that there is one that disagree with some of our politics!

      • Donald Incardona says:

        ailes put palin on because she was so hot. he did the same thing here. ya know who’s sexist? ROGER AILES. moron.

    • dan says:

      Must be a lot of old men for Fox to have its incredible cable ratings.

      • Donald Incardona says:

        well yes there are. i live in a retirement community. and all the old guys watch fox. not network or cable tv shows . fox.

        On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:28 PM, Variety wrote:

        > dan commented: “Must be a lot of old men for Fox to have its incredible > cable ratings.”

      • wodun says:

        You can tell how tolerant Conrad H. is by the racial slurs he uses. As a bonus he throws in some ageist attacks as well. And then it’s back to racism with his theory that ideology is determined by skin color and will die out.

      • Conrad H. says:

        Exactly, WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) are the only ones watching, no one in their youth watch it, so thank god it will fade away in due time. They don’t want to have their opinions ever challenged so they will only agree with a conservative POV on current events.

    • eric holder says:

      “blonde”

  23. cadavra says:

    Next year? You mean there won’t be a Christmas special: “Santa Claus Is White: Verifiable Fact!”?

    • wodun says:

      You do realize that caucasians, white people, come in many different skin colors? Egyptians are caucasian, for example, and so are Indians. Its really a pretty broad term.

      For some reason Democrats are always trying to carve off some of us paler caucasians from the larger group and pit people with different shades of skin color against each other.

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