The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
If coverage of election night 2012 is remembered for just one moment, that moment belongs to Kelly.
The Fox News anchor, who mans America Live for two hours every weekday, woke up an Internet darling the day after President Obama's re-election when footage of her challenging Karl Rove went viral. "Awkward," the 42-year-old said to the Fox contributor when he insisted on challenging the network's assertion that Obama had won Ohio.
She proceeded to confirm returns with the network's number crunchers. Kelly's own numbers, a strong 1.1 million viewers at the less-than-ideal 1 p.m. slot, affirm her thrall with viewers. And her increasingly high profile -- the pregnant mother of two has posed for glossy fashion spreads in GQ and Harper's Bazaar -- seems to have her poised for primetime, which might not be too far off: Her current contract runs out this summer.
Kelly says she continues to take cues from colleague Brit Hume, whom she counts as her biggest career influence. "Brit reinforced a life lesson I use every day," says Kelly. " 'Winners take responsibility, losers blame others.' "
MOST DESIRED "GET": "I've interviewed politicians from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, but I've yet to get my No. 1 guest -- and idol -- Judge Judy."