The Fox News anchor, whose stature has grown during the most recent election cycle as she has tangled with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, will host a one-hour prime-time special on Fox Broadcasting.
Bill Geddie, who helped lead ABC’s “The View” for 17 years alongside creator Barbara Walters, will serve as executive producer. The program will be produced by his company May Avenue Productions.
During the one-hour special Kelly will interview celebrities from the worlds of politics, entertainment and other areas of human interest. She will also discuss the year she has had covering the 2016 presidential campaign.
The special has been in the works for some time. Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive, disclosed last June that executives were contemplating a series of prime-time specials for Kelly, whose Fox News Channel program “The Kelly File” has drawn notice due to her ability to act as a maverick, sometimes challenging Republican politicians like Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney or Mike Huckabee. Her show is the second most-watched program in cable news, averaging 2.5 million viewers.
In 2015, Kelly demonstrated an interest in moving beyond coverage of politics and news of the day. One of her more notable interviews was with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the heads of the reality-show clan who, during an interview with her on Fox News, broke their silence about reports that their son Josh molested their daughters as a teenager.
Kelly has not been shy about her ambitions. “Barbara Walters has retired,” Kelly told Variety last year. “Diane Sawyer left her anchor role. Oprah has moved to the OWN network and is doing a different thing now. So why not me?”