Megyn Kelly isn’t pleased by the notion that she should stay out of the spotlight.
Kelly re-emerged this week to sit down with Tucker Carlson on his Fox News show, her first major TV appearance since NBC cancelled “Megyn Kelly Today” last year after Kelly pondered whether it was “racist” for a white person to be costumed in blackface for Halloween (spoiler alert: it is).
During her appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, Kelly referenced the latest round of sordid allegations against Matt Lauer detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill, describing Lauer as a “sexual predator” and calling for an independent investigation of the disgraced “Today” show anchor.
Kelly’s resurfacing a year after her firing have led some to wonder whether she’s attempting to mount a comeback after receiving $30 million from NBC to pay out the rest of her contract.
This apparently rankled ABC News’ chief political analyst Matthew Dowd, who referenced Kelly and Lauer in a since-deleted tweet.
“I really don’t want to hear from either Matt Lauer or Megyn Kelly,” Dowd wrote. “Can’t they just fade away and enjoy their large pot of money?”
Kelly did not let that stand, and fired back with a scathing tweet, telling Dowd that she’s “chosen to speak up for women being harassed and abused who have been muzzled by NDAs [non-disclosure agreements]. Sorry you find that so annoying.
Kelly’s reply kicked off a back-and-forth exchange between her and Dowd as they attacked each other’s journalistic credibility.
After Dowd responded by telling Kelly he wished her well, he added. “I would put my objectivity up against yours any day of the week. You worked at Fox News.”
Kelly responded by writing, “I think the words you’re looking for are ‘I’m sorry, I was wrong.’ Apology accepted!”
The exchange ended on a positive note as Dowd told Kelly he had deleted his initial tweet, adding, “No matter how right I feel, it is not the loving way I want to be in this world. We have enough meanness and coarseness in the world today… hope we can heal instead of hurt.:
Kelly agreed, telling him, “We’re good.”