Rumors have been swirling in the past few months that Fox News host Megyn Kelly is planning to leave the network in favor of going somewhere that is more mainstream. That’s why it came as a surprise on Monday when Kelly had some positive things to say about Fox, crediting the network’s fair coverage of President-elect Donald Trump as a key reason for its high ratings.
Kelly made the comments during a special episode of her show The Kelly File on Monday night that featured a panel discussion on Trump and his reaction to the news media. During the special, Kelly talked about her heated personal conflict with Trump.
“In a way it was a gift because I never needed access and I could just cover him fairly without having to worry about any blow-back. … And our viewers rewarded us,” she said, according to Western Journalism. “You know our ratings stayed high all year. I think people still respond to fair journalism. They understand what’s really going on.”
Kelly also slammed Hillary Clinton, saying that the Democratic presidential nominee repeatedly refused to come on her show even though the Fox News host asked “50 ways from Sunday” to get her to agree to an interview.
“All of her time out there saying what a fantastic journalist I am, which she was using because she knew Trump had attacked me, she was using to try to curry favor with certain voting blocs,” Kelly said.
Kelly added that she thinks Clinton was “scared” while “her team didn’t want to ‘legitimize’ Fox News.”
When other panelists attacked Trump for his “blacklisting” of certain members of the media, Kelly reminded them that both Clinton and Barack Obama had their own blacklists, which included many Fox News personalities.
“People who didn’t call her out at all are now shocked and horrified that Donald Trump might not sit with certain news reporters or organizations,” she said.
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