One week ahead of her highly anticipated interview with GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, FOX News’ Megyn Kelly appeared on ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael on Monday morning.
Kelly will host a primetime special, Megyn Kelly presents, on FOX on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 pm Eastern. She described the special as a Barbara Walters-type interview special which, the FOX anchor says, has the blessing of Walters. During their discussion, Kelly revealed what she believes to be the most interesting part of her interview with Donald Trump. It goes back to the meeting the two had, at Kelly’s request, on April 13.
Trump has been on the attack against Kelly in tirade after tirade on Twitter, even refusing to participate in the GOP debate hosted by FOX just ahead of the Iowa primary in January, a move he later regretted. His anger with Kelly stemmed from a question she asked Trump during the first debate hosted by FOX in August 2015 regarding his treatment of women and controversial statements he has made about women in the past.
During the interview, Kelly asks him about the months that followed her question nine months ago. “You seemed to stay angry for months. Was that real or was that strategy?” Kelly asked. (article continues below video)
“Well, I’m a real person. I don’t say, ‘Oh gee, I’m angry tonight but tomorrow you’re my best friend,’” Trump said, adding that “this could happen with us again.”
“I have great respect for you — that you were able to call me and say, ‘Let’s get together, and let’s talk.’ To me, I would not have done that,” Trump admitted.
Kelly said that it was never her intention to insert herself into the story. She added that Trump was so angry for so long that she waited for an appropriate time to approach him. When there was a lull in his attacks in April, she decided to reach out.
“After months of him being very unhappy with me, I reached out to him, I tried to reach out to him from the beginning, from the Aug. 6 debate, because I am a journalist,” Kelly said. “I want to be on the sidelines. I don’t want to be on the playing field; he kept putting me on the playing field, and I just wanted to get past that. But he was angry for so long, and I didn’t want to reach out to him while he was angry.”
The anchor continued to say that there was “a lull in the attacks in April” and that she “seized upon it” to set up a meeting with the real-estate mogul. Kelly said her time at Trump Tower was an “electric morning” but added that the two did not discuss anything that had happened between them during that meeting.
Megyn Kelly presents will be an hour-long primetime special on FOX. In addition to her interview with Trump, Kelly also interviews Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas and renowned defense attorney Robert Shapiro.
Shapiro is not only the founder of LegalZoom.com, he was also part of the infamous O.J. Simpson team who successfully defended the football star as he faced murder charges in the death of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.
WATCH Megyn Kelly’s full interview on Live! with Kelly and Michael.