No, you didn’t misread that headline. Michael Moore really was on Fox News tonight, and he played up the laughs on The Kelly File. Megan Kelly struggled to get words in edge-wise as the filmmaker/activist opined about her feud with Donald Trump, the candidate skipping this week’s Fox News GOP debate, Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders, President Obama’s shortcomings, even Kelly’s school-age eating habits — pretty much anything except the water crisis is Moore’s hometown of Flint, MI. They did discuss Moore’s latest documentary, Where To Invade Next, but the filmmaker seemed more interested in trying to crack Kelly up, or at least get her to drop her guard a little.
It was eight fascinating minutes of television. Key quote from the host: “He really is like Dr. Phil — I’m confessing it all!” Watch the interview above.
Wearing a camouflage ballcap, Moore was jovial and nonconfrontational. That seemed to surprise Kelly, who appeared ready for a verbal throwdown with the notoriously liberal Oscar winner. He began by asking her,” What does this feel like for you? Because you don’t want to be the story — you’re a journalist.” Raising her voice but smiling, Kelly replied: “I get to ask the question here; you have to answer them.” Moore went on to say: “What’s [Trump] afraid of? I’m sitting here — I don’t feel any fear.” Kelly then tried to change the topic, saying, “Let’s talk about the movie.” Moore replied: “Plugging the movie — no, that’s not why I’m here. I’m on Fox News!”
Getting to his point, Moore got semi-serious about Kelly’s feed with Trump, which sprang from tough questions she asked during FNC’s GOP debate in August. “You just didn’t deserve to be treated this way. In all seriousness, let me say this. … You have done something that Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rubio, Cruz, none of them has been able to do, which is essentially to frighten him. Make him run, shut him down.” Kelly tried to change the topic again, and Moore said: “But everybody’s tried to do this for months, and you did it.” Kelly, to the camera: “This is why O’Reilly never had him back.”
When the topic finally turned to Moore’s new movie, he said: “There’s people watching this right now (thinking), ‘I’d never watch one of his films.’ If you watch one of my films, you may not agree with me politically, but you’ll know three things about me: I love this country, I have a heart and you will laugh at least half a dozen times during the movie.” Kelly chimed in: “We’re getting that feeling just from this interview.” He replied: “No need to watch the movie. We could just go another 90 minutes, you and I.”
In wrapping their chat, Moore came back to Trump — and addressed the “what’s next” question with the debate situation. “To get elected president of this country, you have to come on this network,” he said. “You have to play ball with this network. Donald Trump today said, ‘I’m not playing ball with this network.’ That’s a historic moment, and it’s going to be interesting to see where the real power is. Trump thinks he doesn’t need Fox News. I think Fox News probably has something else to say about that. And it’ll be interesting to see where the powers that be go with this. And you’ve made this happen; you’ve caused the crisis upstairs here.” Kelly said quickly, “I have not caused any crisis. I asked a question. I gotta go.” Said Moore: “You asked a great question, by the way. The war on women!” She said, “Now you’ve really ruined my rep – I gotta get outta here!” Moore got the last word: “God bless you, Megyn Kelly. We’re both Irish, don’t forget.”
They never did get around to Flint. File this under “a picture tells a thousand words”: