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Why Judge Judy Is a Fan of Megyn Kelly’s Journalism

For Variety’s latest issue, we asked Judge Judy Sheindlin to write a tribute for Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, one of 50 people to make our New Power of New York list. Here’s why Kelly represents a new generation of movers and shakers that capture the best of Manhattan.  

Megyn Kelly is one of those rare women who seamlessly combines professional excellence and family. She doesn’t need a catch phrase to define what she instinctively has accomplished. She just “does it.”

I met her for the first time when I appeared as a guest on her new Fox News program. I had heard that she was a fan and I was impressed with how she had skillfully transitioned into her role on “The Kelly File.”

She was a wonderful interviewer for me. I have a tendency to give you a novel in response to a question. She gave me a wide berth but instinctively knew when to bring me back. As a fine journalist, Megyn meticulously prepares for an interview and has a reservoir of knowledge that allows her to negotiate with anyone.

On a lighter side, I love the new hair. I think that she was so smart to perhaps say to herself, “I’m transitioning from one career to another and I want to look different.”

I think Megyn has the talent to do anything she wants to do. She is a star and she’s still growing. I’m as old as Methuselah. She’s a kid. Her opportunities are only limited by her dreams.

Judge Judy Sheindlin presides over “Judge Judy,” now in its 21st season. Read our full New Power of New York List here, as well as tributes for Ivanka Trump (by Jared Kushner), Chelsea Clinton (by Bill Clinton) and Don Lemon (by Megyn Kelly).  

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