'Daily Show' Correspondent Blasts Megyn Kelly as a "Pretty, Race-Baiting Puppet"

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Michelle Wolf doesn't want people to forget "Fox News' Megyn Kelly" now that Kelly is at NBC News.

On Monday night's The Daily Show on Comedy Central, host Trevor Noah recapped Megyn Kelly's Sunday night interview with Vladimir Putin. Daily Show correspondent Michelle Wolf, however, was not pleased about Kelly's return to television on her new NBC series.

Wolf was upset that Kelly appeared to be acting "like she didn’t spend the last 12 years of her life as a soldier in Fox News’ culture war.” The correspondent criticized Kelly for talking about how cable news is getting too argumentative and saying she only consumes news by print. Calling her the "queen of the problem" five months ago, Wolf said, "This is like finding out Ronald McDonald only eats broccoli rabe.”

She continued, "Let’s not forget, before she was NBC News’ Megyn Kelly, for over a decade she was Fox News’ Megyn Kelly — basically a pretty, race-baiting puppet who Roger Ailes kept trying to put his hand up.”

The audience reacted audibly to Wolf's Ailes statement and she waved them off: "Don't worry, she's on network now and he's dead; they're both in better places."

Noah said that Wolf might be reacting a little harshly toward Kelly, and Wolf argued that Kelly is not owning her past.

“Megyn was the Tonya Harding of cable news for 12 years: breaking journalism’s kneecaps over and over. And we were just the poor Nancy Kerrigans being like, ‘Why? Why?’" said Wolf. "And now you expect us to forgive you just because you made the Olympics? I don’t think so, Tonya.”

Wolf told Kelly that she's "not the new Barbara Walters ... you’re that Sprint-Verizon guy who just follows the money. 'I’m on NBC now. Can you hear me now?'"