Broadcast TV veteran Bill Geddie has been hired to exec produce the special, which will air May 23 at 8 PM. Kelly will interview celebrities from the world of politics, entertainment and other fields. Geddie is best known for exec producing Barbara Walters primetime specials, most notably her The 10 Most Fascinating People celebrity fests, as well as Walters’ ABC daytime talker The View.
Similarly, Kelly’s special will be “personal in nature and address the year Kelly has had as one of the most prominent voices covering the 2016 presidential campaign.” This, according to today’s announcement from Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and Fox Television Group co-chairs and CEO Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
Kelly, who hosts FNC’s 9 PM hour The Kelly File, has gotten high marks for her co-moderation of Fox News Channel’s GOP debates. She became one of the election cycle’s biggest storylines early in the race when, kicking off the first GOP debate in August, she asked Donald Trump about comments he had made calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Trump complained to CNN about the line of questioning the next day, saying of Kelly, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her … wherever.” Trump then declined to participate in FNC’s GOP debate in January because Kelly was again one of the moderators, explaining: “I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly. I don’t think she’s very good at what she does. She’s highly overrated.” He has since said that move might have contributed to his second-place finish in Iowa caucusing, behind Ted Cruz.
On her primetime show, she’s landed sit-downs with the Duggar family, Bill Ayers, Charles Koch and Michael Moore.
Geddie’s May Avenue Productions is producing.