Fox Bumps Up Megyn Kelly Primetime Special

The special was originally set to air on May 23 and will now bow on May 17.
Matt Furman

Fox is moving up Megyn Kelly's primetime debut.

The Fox News anchor's first primetime special has been moved up a week from May 23 at May 17 at 8 p.m., it was announced Friday.

The one-hour special, which will feature a variety of celebrity interviews from the world of politics, entertainment and more, is described as being personal in nature. Kelly is expected to address the year she has had as one of the more prominent voices covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Bill Geddie, formerly an executive producer of The View, is on board as executive producer of the special, which will be produced by his company, May Avenue Productions. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who helped broker the special, will also serve as senior executive producer.

The date change comes days after another busy week for Kelly, who grabbed a ratings win Wednesday for The Kelly File after word spread of her meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The two have had several tense moments during the course of Trump's campaign. During Fox News' first Republican presidential primary debate, on Aug. 6, 2015, Donald Trump lashed out at Kelly when she asked the candidate about his use of derogatory language toward women and whether it reflected the "temperament of a man we should elect as president." The telecast delivered 24 million viewers, making it the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time. 

However, there has been speculation that Kelly sat down with Trump in an attempt to book him for her primetime special. Kelly only discussed the sit-down briefly on her Fox News show. Kelly has been to known some of the most sought-after names for her Fox News show, including the Duggar family, Bill Ayers, Charles Koch and Michael Moore, among others. 

The calendar move also puts Kelly's special firmly in the midst of finale week as well as May sweeps. Since The Kelly Files launched nearly three years ago, the show has risen to become the second most-watched program in cable news, averaging 2.5 million viewers. 

Fox is using Kelly's special to bolster its latest unscripted series, Mark Burnett's dating show Coupled, which will follow the special at 9 p.m.

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