Megyn Kelly is reflecting on family memories and holiday traditions in her first interview since she was let go by NBC for comments she made about blackface.
The former news anchor spoke to DailyMailTV about the holiday season and opened up about the death of her father, who passed away a few days before Christmas Day when she was 15 years old.
“My dad died ten days before Christmas 1985,” Kelly revealed. “He was 45, and I was 15. It was a sudden heart attack and it changed my family forever. My last sight of him was of him sitting on the couch, looking at the Christmas tree.
“What I wouldn’t give now to have that moment back. To have just one more chance to tell him how much I love him.”
The loss of her father at such a young age has made the political commentator cherish the time with her loved ones at Christmas. “Nothing matters except the people around the tree,” said Kelly, who has three children: Yates (9), Yardley (7), and Thatcher (5), with husband Doug Brunt.
“We play ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and treat it like the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ with full audience participation — we hiss when Mr. Potter comes on, ring bells when Clarence is on screen, and ‘hee-haw’ with Sam Wainwright.”
Kelly also revealed that the Christmas carol “Silent Night” has a sentimental meaning to her and her husband.
“I will never, ever forget holding my oldest child, Yates, on my lap at Christmas Eve mass when he was four. He had learned the song in school, and in a candlelit church with decorations all around and the choir singing. Yates, in that sweet, innocent voice only a child has, softly sang every word. I can’t hear it to this day without crying.”
In October, NBC cancelled “Megyn Kelly Today” after controversial comments Kelly made about blackface were met with significant backlash. Kelly’s lawyer later told Variety that “Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.”