Updated with Kelly comments on Trump meeting: If you were wondering why Trump would agree on April 13 to provide nemesis Megyn Kelly with an interview for her May 23 celebrity-interview show, when stringing her along until mid-May pretty much guarantees Kelly would put a sock in talking trash about Trump on late-night shows, Sunday morning shows, any other shows, until she’s landed this ratings goldmine – it appears you go straight to the head of the class.
Kelly did the best she could with the material she had to work with on her FNC show tonight, teasing The Kelly File viewers who’d tuned in to find out what came of this morning’s Trump Tower ring kiss, so they’d watch her interview with Al Sharpton, during which she asked him about – Donald Trump. Other matters too, to be fair.
“A number of our viewers may be tuning in tonight for news of a meeting I had today with New York businessman and Republican front-runner Donald Trump. And we’ll get to that in just a few moments,” Kelly smiled at the top of her show before seguing to Sharpton.
After the Sharpton interview wrapped, Kelly got back to the reason tonight’s Kelly File numbers probably will be on the high side:
“Now to that other story: You may have heard the news today, that Yours Truly took trip to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City. There I had a meeting with Donald Trump. The meeting was at my request. And Mr. Trump was gracious enough to agree to it. We met for about an hour, just the two of us. And had a chance to clear the air. Mr. Trump and I discussed the possibility of an interview. And I hope we will have news to announce on that soon.”
Trump won this round.
Previously: Reporters Who Cover TV News were all agog today over a Megyn Kelly sighting at Trump Tower, home of herfavorite subject when she’s on the late-night TV circuit promoting her big new book deal and her nightly Fox News primetime show.
The speculation is that Kelly went to kiss the ring before revealing on her show tonight that she and Donald Trump have kissed and made up, to the extent he will participate in her May sweep special for Fox broadcast network. That as-yet-untitled special is best described as Some Number of Most Fascinating People, Fox Style – given that Bill Geddie has been hiredto exec produce. He’s the guy who EP’d Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People celeb-fests. Kelly will interview celebrities from the world of politics, entertainment and other fields.
Fox News fanned that flame hard, issuing a statement saying: “Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes has spoken to Donald Trump a few times over the past three months about appearing on a Fox Broadcasting special with Megyn Kelly airing on May 23. Kelly requested a meeting with Mr. Trump, which took place at Trump Tower this morning. The results of that meeting will be revealed on tonight’s Kelly File at 9PM/ET. Kelly has acknowledged in recent interviews that Trump is a fascinating person to cover and has electrified the Republican base.”
It all started this morning when MSNBC folks triggered a Twitter storm after one of their own allegedly spotted Kelly walking into Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue:
This, of course, begs the question: How does Kelly enter a building in Manhattan incognito, versus how she enters one cognito?
Anyway, the point is, Trump this morning declined to test his much-discussed “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters” theory and instead met with Kelly – a meeting from which she apparently emerged alive, based on FNC’s coy suggestion that we tune in to her show tonight to hear about results of that meeting.
It’s been not quite a month since, as he has many times since announcing his candidacy, Trump lit into Kelly on Twitter, sounding more and more like a spoiled child of wealthy parents lashing out at his third-grade teacher. This time he hissed, “Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv.”
That, after the Fox News Channel primetime star had tweeted a link to a Reuters report on a new poll showing half of U.S women have a “very unfavorable” view of the GOP front-runner.
That time, however, Fox News issued a stronger-than-usual statement: “Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land,” the news division said.
Kelly already had held out an olive branch to Trump, about 10 days ago. Being interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, Charlie Rose asked her if she’d insist the GOP front-runner apologize to her before she’d allow him to shower her with ratings – or words to that effect. “Oh God no,” she responded. “He does not have to apologize.”