Megyn Kelly had plenty to say in her first interview since parting ways with NBC in January — but her lips were sealed when it came to outwardly addressing that departure.
The 48-year-old journalist appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday, though she didn’t discuss her abrupt exit from the network. The interview — which also marked Kelly’s first time on Fox News since she left the cable news network in January 2017 after 12 years to take a job with NBC — saw her instead address topics like NBC’s lack of an external investigation into Matt Lauer, Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book and the state of journalism today.
It was the conclusion of Kelly’s interview that was the most revealing, as Carlson asked her what she’s learned over the past year.
“Very little — I don’t learn so well,” she joked. “I’m like Woody Allen. I’m 48 years old, I’ve learned nothing!”
After a brief pause, Kelly continued, “I have learned a thing or two. What comes to mind is the goodness of humanity, the kindness of strangers, just as awful as the media can be, actual humans are awesome and loving and kind and helpful.” She added that she left Fox News in 2017 to spend time with her family and she couldn’t be happier with her decision. “I’m mothering my own kids, and there’s no substitute for that. I lost my dad when I was 15 years old, so I know… you don’t get a do over… so I’m there and I’m enjoying it.”
“I’ll get back on that horse soon, because this has been fun, so I’ll probably get back out there, but right now, I’m still enjoying my day-to-day life with my family and friends,” she shared.
Kelly officially left NBC in January nearly three months after her show, “Megyn Kelly Today”, was cancelled following the major backlash she received when she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes during an on-air segment. But her show had already been plagued with controversy since its debut in mid-2017, thanks to incidents like a widely criticized interview with the cast of “Will & Grace“, her seemingly encouraging fat shaming and a feud with Jane Fonda.
“One of the great parts of sitting in this chair each day is getting to discuss different points of view,” she said at the time. “Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday, I learned. I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise. I have never been a ‘PC’ kind of person but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been so painful for many people of colour, the country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offence. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honour and I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too.”
Kelly’s Fox News interview also saw her discuss Matt Lauer, with her calling for an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations brought against him.
She labelled him a “sexual predator,” according to Entertainment Weekly, explaining “What used to be tolerated won’t be tolerated anymore.”
Kelly continued, “The number one thing that needs to happen right now is they need to release any and all Matt Lauer accusers from their confidentiality agreements. Let’s not hide anything. Show us all of the agreements. NBC hasn’t gotten specific about what they paid. Show us the agreements.”
ET learned that although “Megyn Kelly Today” was cancelled last October, she received the entirety of her $69 million contract. Kelly has kept a low profile since her NBC exit, though she was spotted enjoying some time in the Bahamas in April.
Kelly is set to be in the spotlight again thanks to the upcoming drama “Bombshell”, which is about late Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes‘ sexual harassment scandal that was exposed by the women who worked at the cable news network, including Kelly. Kelly is portrayed by Charlize Theron, and ET spoke to the Oscar-winning actress earlier this month about Kelly recently saying she was in favour of the casting.
“That’s incredibly kind,” Theron said. “We try to, as actors and creative storytellers, we try to do all of this with integrity, so that was always where it came from. So for her to feel good about that, I’m sure it can’t be easy for her, so I’m incredibly understanding.”
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