UPDATE: 'He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country,' Fox tells EW in a statement
Donald Trump will not be heading to any Fox programs anytime soon, the GOP presidential candidate announced via Twitter on Wednesday.
“Fox News has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Trump wrote.
Fox News later released this statement regarding Trump:
“At 11:45 a.m. [Wednesday], we canceled Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump’s subsequent tweet about his ‘boycott’ of Fox News,” an FNC spokesperson said in a statement released to EW. “The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.”
The saga began after the first Republican primary debate, when Trump deemed moderator Megyn Kelly “unfair” for asking him about past comments he made about women. In a later interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, he said Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes … blood coming out of her wherever,” and called her questions “ridiculous.”
Kelly did not respond to Trump’s comments, though Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes demanded an apology from Trump, and said he “could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults.”
Along with retweeting some of his supporters, this week, Trump tweeted about Kelly as well as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, calling Kelly “highly overrated” and saying O’Reilly’s show featured the “same old Trump haters. Boring!”