By Ariana Bacle
Updated January 27, 2016 at 04:15 PM EST
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Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he won’t be participating in Thursday’s Republican debate, but moderator Megyn Kelly doesn’t believe he’ll actually go through with it. “It would probably be a bad decision to not show up at the Fox News debate,” she told Extra. “I think this is the last chance they have before voting begins and he’s still within two points of Ted Cruz. It’s a tight race out there, but obviously it’s up to Mr. Trump whether he’s there or not there the show will go on.”

Added Kelly, “I will be surprised if he doesn’t show up. Donald Trump is a showman. He’s very good at generating interest. Perhaps this is an effort to generate interest in our debate.”

Trump didn’t specifically mention Kelly in his written announcement, though he’s expressed his feelings about her in interviews and on social media. “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”

Kelly first upset Trump at August’s Republican primary debate when she asked him about “several disparaging comments about women’s looks” he’s made on his Twitter account and if that sounds “like the temperament of a man we should elect as president.” Afterwards, he insulted Kelly, calling her questions “ridiculous.”

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Kelly eventually responded to Trump’s words by saying she wouldn’t respond. “Trump, who is the frontrunner, will not apologize. And I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor,” she said. ” … This is a tough business and it’s time now to move forward.”

Even though Trump seems insistent that he won’t attend the debate, Kelly’s still prepared for if he does: She told Extra that she’s had questions for him written “for over a week now.” “They are tough questions, but they are fair questions, and he will get hit no harder than anyone else on that stage.”

The debate will air — with or without Trump — Thursday on Fox News.

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