Trump vs. Kelly. It’s on.
More specifically, it’s on Fox starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on May 17. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly will conduct what is being billed as her first sit-down interview with front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump since the infamous debate last August. During that debate, Kelly asked Trump if he had the “temperament” to hold the highest office in America after he called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” on his Twitter account. In an interview on CNN the next day, Trump remarked that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
After he received some backlash, Trump denied that his comments were sexist or that he was referring to her menstrual cycle. Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes demanded an apology from Trump, who did not oblige, and soon after, Trump announced he would boycott Fox News — which he did for six days.
Slated to take place in New York City, this interview will air as part of the Fox special Megyn Kelly Presents. Other parts of their Q&A will be unveiled on Kelly’s Fox News show, The Kelly File, beginning May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
According to a Fox press release, Kelly will “explore how events unfolded with Trump after the August debate as one of the most prominent voices covering the 2016 presidential campaign of the frontrunner.” She also will delve into issues of his campaign and the 2016 election. Ailes will serve as the senior executive producer of the special, which also will feature interviews with other people to be announced who are not named Donald Trump.
“Mr. Trump and I sat down together for a meeting earlier this month at my request,” Kelly said in a statement. “He was gracious with his time and I asked him to consider an interview. I am happy to announce he has agreed, and I look forward to a fascinating exchange — our first sit-down interview together in nearly a year.”
Kelly has co-moderated the three Republican debates that Fox News aired, with Trump bowing out of the one in Des Moines in January. He didn’t specifically reference her in his cancelation announcement, but he did tweet the following day: “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”
In March, Trump participated in a debate co-moderated by Kelly in Detroit. Later that month, citing a prior speaking engagement, Trump said he would not participate in a Republican debate in Salt Lake City — to be co-moderated by Kelly — and when John Kasich pulled out as well, the debate was canceled.