UPDATE: Kelly addressed the meeting on Wednesday’s edition of “The Kelly File.” She said Trump was “gracious enough” to accept her request and that the two met for about an hour “and had a chance to clear the air.” She said she hopes to land an interview with the GOP frontrunner.
The Fox News anchor visited the Republican Presidential candidate Wednesday at his New York apartment in the hopes of getting him to appear on a new primetime special slated to air on the cable-network’s broadcast sister, the Fox broadcast network, on May 23.
“Fox News chairman & CEO Roger Ailes has spoken to Donald Trump a few times over the past three months about appearing on a Fox Broadcasting special with Megyn Kelly airing on May 23. Kelly requested a meeting with Mr. Trump, which took place at Trump Tower this morning,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a prepared statement. “The results of that meeting will be revealed on tonight’s Kelly File at 9 p.m./ET. Kelly has acknowledged in recent interviews that Trump is a fascinating person to cover and has electrified the Republican base.”
The two have been at public loggerheads since a Fox News broadcast of a Republican presidential debate last year during which Kelly asked Trump a question about whether disparaging remarks he had made in the past about women cast questions about whether he had the temperament to serve in the nation’s highest office. Since that time, Trump has cast aspersions about her reporting and character, leaving Fox News to find ways to defend its anchor, who is a breakout star in its primetime lineup.
If Kelly were indeed able to secure Trump, it would be a coup. The anchor has for months been working on a series of primetime specials in a bid to expand her aegis. While Fox News’ “The Kelly File” is more concerned with the news of the day and politics, the specials would allow Kelly to branch out into topics of celebrity and popular culture. Watching her interview Trump one on one would likely make for an event that could be promoted endlessly on Fox News Channel and that would be sure to lure millions of viewers to Fox primetime.