Former Fox anchor Megyn Kelly is gearing up to debut her new NBC show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, on June 4, which she hopes to turn into America’s premiere news magazine. In an interview with CNN, she talked about her ambition to make a show that “looks and feels different from every show that’s out there, that connects people to one another, that offers good journalism, that is respected.”
Naturally, the topic of her tenure at Fox News came up — along with all of the recent tumult that began unfolding there before and after she left the network. When asked about the recent upheaval at Fox News, she had a lot less to say however. Asked about Roger Ailes’ passing, she said “I don’t want to comment on that publicly. I said what I wanted to say about our relationship, the good and the bad, in my book. And I’m just going to leave it at that.” When pressed about Bill O’Reilly’s ouster at the network, she said: “No comment. You can print it exactly like that.” Nevertheless, Kelly had some encouraging words for the network. “I have a lot of dear friends still at Fox News, and I know that there are a lot of great journalists there who work very hard every day to put great news stories, honestly presented, on the air,” she said. “But there’s no question that this has been a tough time for Fox, and it’s a rebuilding year for them. I have no doubt that they will find their footing and do just fine. They’ve got 20 years of history to prove that.”
Kelly’s new Sunday night show will be on the air for the entire summer, before making room for Sunday Night Football. She will then launch a 9 a.m. weekday show in September, and start hosting both shows at the same time come February 2018. On Thursday morning, Kelly turned up on the Today show to preview her first big interview: none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kelly, who appeared by satellite from St. Petersburg, Russia, and explained that she’ll be moderating a panel discussion in which Putin will be taking part. It will be the first time he’s taken questions from a U.S. journalist Kelly said. If Kelly’s handling of then-candidate Donald Trump in the first Republican debate of the 2016 primary season, almost two years ago, is any indication, Putin won’t be let off easy. Watch the rest of her preview below.
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