Clash of colleagues

Fox News host accuses Megyn Kelly of backing Hillary Clinton

Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit Opening Night at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Things are getting even more tense over at the Fox News Channel. In the wake of this summer’s sexual harassment scandal that resulted in the toppling of longtime network chief Roger Ailes, new frictions are surfacing among the anchors who are still there — two of the network’s biggest names. On Wednesday night, those tensions boiled over when Megyn Kelly told her viewers that “Donald Trump — with all due respect to my friend at 10 o’clock — will go on Hannity and pretty much only Hannity and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days, which doesn’t exactly expand the tent for either one of them,” referring to Fox News’s 10 p.m. host Sean Hannity. Ouch.

Hannity, who’s emerged as basically a surrogate for Trump in recent weeks, was none too pleased and fired back on Twitter, telling his 9 p.m. colleague, “Clearly you supporter her” — the “her” in this case being Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Apparently, Hannity wasn’t paying attention when, just last week in a post on Twitter, Kelly criticized Clinton for declining to appear on her show but continuously using Kelly’s name in her attacks on Donald Trump.

Gabriel Sherman, the New York magazine writer who broke the news of the sexual assault allegations that eventually brought down Ailes, speculated on what’s going on here in, you guessed it, a post on Twitter. His take is that the these are the opening salvos in the coming struggle over what the future of Fox News — a place described by one former anchor as a “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult” — will be in the post-Ailes era.

Read the full story at New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog.

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