The Megyn Kelly interview with Donald Trump is a go. After much speculation since their meeting earlier this month, the GOP frontrunner and the rising Fox News Channel star will meet for her first broadcast primetime special, it was announced Monday.
“Mr. Trump and I sat down together for a meeting earlier this month at my request,” Kelly said in a statement. “He was gracious with his time and I asked him to consider an interview. I am happy to announce he has agreed, and I look forward to a fascinating exchange — our first sit-down interview together in nearly a year.”
Kelly and Trump have only appeared together on camera once since he made her the target of a slew of verbal attacks for her line of questioning during the first GOP presidential candidate debate back in August 2015. (She questioned him again during the March GOP debate in Detroit, with fewer fireworks.)
Kelly’s first special on Fox Broadcasting, executive produced by Bill Geddie with FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes serving as senior executive producer, also will tie into an episode of her nightly Kelly File. After the May 17 debut of Megyn Kelly Presents, portions of Kelly’s Trump interview also will air on the May 18 edition of Kelly File.
FNC has not shied away from challenging Trump on his public criticisms of Kelly. “Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land,” read a March statement from the network, after Trump called for a boycott of her program.
Presumably, the interview will revisit Kelly’s initial critique of Trump’s past treatment and characterization of women.
Michael Douglas and former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro will also be guests on the special, the network later confirmed. The interview will be Shapiro’s first TV interview since John Travolta portrayed him on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
April 27, 6:50 p.m. PT: Updated with additional guests