In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Kelly claims that Trump used to periodically contact her - sending Kelly press clippings of articles in which she was mentioned, and occasionally calling her to offer praise about a segment she had anchored. She believes he was trying to win her favor in preparation for a presidential campaign. "I didn't know why he was doing that. And then when he announced that he was running for president, it became more clear," Kelly tells Vanity Fair. "But I can't be wooed. I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him."
But Kelly also reveals that she almost didn't get to ask the question about Trump's verbal abuse of women, since she became "violently ill" the morning of the debate. Knowing her co-moderators, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier, were reluctant to ask the question, Kelly persevered and reportedly moderated the debate with a blanket over her legs and a bucket next to her in case she needed to vomit. "I would have crawled over a pile of hot coals to make it to that debate," she tells Vanity Fair. "No one was going to be sitting in for me, reading my questions."
Read Kelly's full interview with Vanity Fair here.