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Just hours after she covered the 2016 election results, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was back on TV, joining Kelly Ripa to co-host Wednesday’s Live.
The blond duo, wearing a patriotic combination of red (Ripa) and blue (Kelly), first discussed the unexpected election results, with Donald Trump winning the race for president, and Kelly offered some comforting words for a rattled nation.
“After all these elections half the country is severely disappointed and the other half is thrilled,” she said. “It all winds up OK. This is the USA and it’s the most glorious place to live in the world.”
She said it was always helpful to perceive people through the “most generous lens.” And “love him or hate him” Trump is the president-elect, Kelly said, adding that he needs the prayers and best wishes of the American people for a strong performance.
“We can disagree still but we all share basic core values as Americans,” Kelly said.
She added, “Do you feel like singing ‘Kumbaya‘ or is that just me?”
Before that, though, Ripa asked Kelly the question many Americans were asking: “How did the pollsters get it so wrong?” Kelly said that there was likely a “hidden Trump vote” that wasn’t reflected in the polls.
So when pollsters called and asked if someone was a likely voter, those people might have said no because they didn’t vote in the past and weren’t sure if they would make it out there or felt “stigmatized” and didn’t want to say they were supporting Trump.
While she said what happened last night was the “same thing” as when exit polls predicted John Kerry would win the election in 2004, Kelly predicted that it was unlikely election results would be that surprising again.
“I’ve never seen anything like this and I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like this in our lifetime,” she said.
She added that when Chris Wallace said last night that Trump could win, “a lightbulb went off.”
“Holy blank,” she said she thought, censoring herself. “Because it’s different from what any of us predicted.”
After that, they turned to lighter topics, talking about communicating with teenagers, in light of a Wall Street Journal article on how to do that, which Ripa, a parent of teens, strongly disagreed with.
They also talked about makeup and their good and bad sides. Kelly believes her left side is her good side but thinks she looks awful from her right side and Ripa feels the opposite.
Ripa also confessed that a while ago she had some bad Botox, which did something to her good side. She’s starting to look like herself again, she said, but there was a six-month period where she could sense people thought there was something wrong with her.
Later, as Ripa and Kelly read viewer emails, one viewer wondered how Kelly, who was on TV at 4 a.m. ET, was still there now. Kelly said she’s “crashing right after this.”
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