Ahead of her interview with
vowed nemesis Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly told Extra that she met with the Presidential candidate, and they had what sounds like a friendly reunion. "It was a chance to sort of clear the air and get back on solid footing so we could go forward," said Kelly. "I hope in a more positive way and perhaps he'll come on The Kelly File from time to time."
That's certainly a departure from just months ago, when their unfriendly terms seemed to be making Fox News implode from the inside. While we won't know until their special on May 17 just how good terms they're on, here's a condensed look at their once white-hot feud.
AUG. 6, 2015:During the first Fox News Republican debate, correspondents refused to give softball questions to the candidates (who figured a debate on their home network would be a breeze).
AUG. 8, 2015:In the days that followed, Trump went on a tear - particularly directed at Kelly - that was best cemented in an interview with CNN where he stated, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes... Blood coming out of her wherever."
Following criticism to the quote, Trump stated on Twitter:
Re Megyn Kelly quote: "you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" (NOSE). Just got on w/thought— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2015
AUG. 10, 2015:Trump made it appear things were going to calm down after speaking with Fox News head Roger Ailes:
Roger Ailes just called. He is a great guy & assures me that "Trump" will be treated fairly on @FoxNews. His word is always good!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2015
But Kelly wasn't giving in, saying, "I've decided not to respond [to Trump]. I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, without fear or favor ... It's time now to move forward."
AUG. 25, 2015: After Ailes demanded an apology from Trump, Trump said, "I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves."
OCT. 18, 2015: Things seem to cool down, but nope, Trump went after her again:
Best thing my supporters can do if you don't like the way @megynkelly and her puppets unfairly treat "us" is don't watch her show!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2015
JAN. 25, 2016:After word that Kelly would be a moderator on the next debate, Trump told CNN, "I don't like her." Adding, "She doesn't treat me fairly. I'm not a big fan of hers... I thought she was very unfair in the last debate. A lot of people said I won that debate. Everybody said I won the last debate."
JAN. 26, 2016:Trump asked his Instagram followers if he should even participate in the debate; Ailes told The Washington Post, "Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist, and the entire network stands behind her. She will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night."
Trump THEN backed out of the second Fox News debate, to which Fox News stated, "Capitulating to politicians' ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards, as do threats, including the one leveled by Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski toward Megyn Kelly... In a call on Monday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a 'rough couple of days after the last debate' and he 'would hate to have her go through that again.' Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so," it added. Lord.
JAN. 27, 2016: Trump goes back to his old ways:
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
APRIL 25, 2016:After months of quiet, Fox announces that a Megyn v Trump
showdown interview is on.
Will you be tuning in?
Megyn Kelly Presents... airs Tuesday, May 17 at 8pm on Fox.