NBC said its hourlong primetime special featuring Megyn Kelly interviewing Russia president Vladimir Putin will be titled Confronting Putin and air Friday at 10 PM ET. The episode will serve as launchpad for the return of Kelly’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, which will return after this week to its 7 PM ET slot for a mostly weekly spring and summer run until football season.
Kelly sat down with Putin for two exclusive one-on-one interviews last week — one inside the Kremlin and one at Kalinigrad. Lester Holt teased the special during Saturday’s NBC Evening News broadcast.
Topics in the interview included Putin being asked about Russia’s role in the hack during the 2016 presidential campaign that includes 13 Russians indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, nuclear weapons and his views on President Donald Trump. The special will include interviews with former CIA director and NBC News Senior National Security and Intelligence Analyst John Brennan, President of Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, and NBC News and MSNBC Chief International Security and Diplomacy Analyst Admiral James Stavridis, among others.
Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly launched to great fanfare in June 2017 with the debut episode also featuring an exclusive sitdown with Putin. It scored a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic and a 1.2 rating in the 25-54 news demo.
NBC said today that Kelly will anchor Sunday Night for its new run dependent on her schedule for her morning show Megyn Kelly Today.