Megyn Kelly served various positions at Fox News during her over a dozen of years long career at the network. As of January 2017, she made her way to NBC News citing that her nighttime schedule made her way hard to maintain a balance between her professional and personal life.
- Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly
- Then Fox News CEO Roger Ailes supported Trump instead
- Megyn's Black Santa comment resulted in nothing but just her criticism
While at FNC, her candidly speaking attitude and ability to pass surpassing comments stirred numerous controversies. In late 2015, then Fox News’ star anchor Kelly and Donald Trump’s feud flooded the media and afterward, then Fox’s CEO not supporting her.
Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly
Apart from her journalism career, another factor that really pushed Kelly to the peak of popularity was her feud with current US President Donald Trump. Both of them would never miss an opportunity to criticize one another.
Their tussle began in August 2015 i.e. after first Republican primary debate, when Kelly questioned Trump, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs slobs, and disgusting animals”. At the meantime, she was one of the three moderators at the debate alongside Chris Wallace and Bret Baier.
Later in response to the question, Trump said in an ABC news interview, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”. Their feud gathered pace following Trump’s comments and also became the talk of the town in late 2015. After the debate, Trump even infamously retaliated addressing Kelly “crazy”, “overrated”, “angry” and “bimbo” as well.
Attack of Trump against the star anchor continued for months, and he even took to Twitter several times to lash out at her and criticize her and her show The Kelly File. The issue has somewhat died now as both seem to be focusing more on their respective career.
In her book entitled Settle For More, she wrote about the incident, “I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage. Many reporters have told me Trump worked hard to offer then something fabulous – from hotel rooms to rides on his 757.”
Then Fox News CEO Roger Ailes supported Trump instead
Though the then presidential hopeful mistreated Megyn, Fox News didn’t come to her support. Instead, network’s CEO, Roger Ailes, to whom Fox anchor, Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit for sexual harassment was of the close friends to him. Both 70-something moguls were accused of sexual harassment by several women.
She wrote in her book that after Gretchen filed a suit against Ailes, he asked her to speak out publicly in his support. Other Fox News personalities were doing the same at that time. However, she thought that’s when she decided to speak out how he harassed her, when she’s starting out at FNC. She has detailed the incident in her book.
In April 2017 Trump's strategist Steve Bannon (former media executive) has admitted in an interview that he had warned Ailes about Megyn saying that she would betray him. He has admitted to telling him, “She’s the devil, and she will turn on you.”
Megyn's Black Santa comment resulted in nothing but just her criticism
Two months after leaving America Live and starting her new show Kelly File, in December 2013 she landed in controversy when she reacted to the statements about Santa Claus’s race saying that “For all the kids watching at home, Santa just us white, but this person is just bringing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it.”
She also later went on to say Jesus was also a white man. Her comments received large criticism and later claimed that the race of Jesus is “far from settled”.
For her sharp comments for anything, she might have been in controversies quite often but nonetheless, she was rated as one of the 100 most influential people in 2014 by Times magazine.
Despite anything, she continued surpassing several other top American journalist and earned high appreciation from the young generation. Throughout her time with the Fox News, she not only cemented her place as one of the best in the industry but also established herself as one of the wealthy professionals accumulating a net worth of around $15 million.